• Chapel Hill shooting victims Deah Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21 and sister-in-law Razan Abu-Salha,19.Facebook
  • Craig Hicks is suspected to have gunned down three American Muslim students.Facebook
  • A revolver belonging to Craig Hicks.Facebook
  • Chapel Hill shooter Craig Hicks with his wife.Facebook

The Chapel Hill shooting suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, who killed three young American Muslim students, including a newly married couple and a teenage girl in North Carolina was opposed to all religions and called himself an "anti-theist."

The 46-year-old reportedly handed himself to the police after killing three American Muslim students, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

The incident that has triggered a mass outrage on social media is widely seen as an anti-Muslim hate crime. 

Who is Chapel Hill shooter Craig Hicks?

A Facebook page in his name claims that Hicks is a married man, who read Paralegal Studies at Durham Technical Community College.  

A review of his social media shows him as a supporter of "Atheists for Equality". The consistent theme that figures on his Facebook account is that of anti-religious and progressive causes.

His Facebook 'likes' included the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups and similar progressive pages.

Interestingly, Hicks is also part of a "Religious Tolerance" group on Facebook.

In all appearances, he looks like a regular social media user. His last three posts were that of a cute dog video about the Pavlov effect, a viral advert for Air New Zealand involving mountain bikes, and a picture from United Atheists of America asking "Why radical Christians and radical Muslims are so opposed to each others' influence when they agree about so many ideological issues."

After it emerged that the suspect is a vocal advocate of anti-theism, evolutionary biologist and atheist philosopher Richard Dawkins condemned the massacre.

"How could any decent person NOT condemn the vile murder of three young US Muslims in Chapel Hill?" Richard Dawkins said on his Twitter page.

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