Сhapel Hill victim helped Syrian refugees, worried about religious hatred

Deah Shaddy Barakat (Image from Facebook/Deah Barakat)
Deah Shaddy Barakat, who was killed in North Carolina on Tuesday along with his wife and her sister, was aiming to help those in his community but was also concerned about racial and religious hatred in society, his social network accounts reveal.

Barakat, a 23-year-old Syrian-American, was concerned over the increasing number of crimes on the grounds of intolerance, and posted his thoughts on Twitter.

He managed to combine his studies with volunteering for homeless, providing them food and free dental supplies.

Last year, he also volunteered for a fundraising campaign to help give free dental care to Syrian refugees. A statement from Barakat and his companion Ali Heydary said: “In Syria, brave dentists and assistants risk their lives to provide their services, despite deliberate attacks on their clinics. These incredible individuals volunteer their time, but lack basic necessities to continue their important work.”

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Barakat, an avid basketball and football fan, was a second-year student in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. He was known for thinking of other people's feelings and concerns.

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Deah and his wife, Yusor, were married on December 27, 2014. Yusor also hoped to study dentistry at the same college. Her sister, Razan, was a student of architecture and environmental design at the same university. All the three were killed on Tuesday.