Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Barakat moved into their apartment just one month ago after returning their honeymoon. They were scheduled to receive their wedding photos this week, Allam said.
Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Allam said, “was just so excited to start her life, and she was going to dental school in August.”
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha texted Allam asking her to join her at the couple’s apartment the day the three were killed.
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha studied architecture and environmental design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “I always thought she was the coolest girl because she’s always posting pictures of her project that she was doing,” Allam said.
On Jan. 29, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha won the university’s weekly #ThinkAndDo competition for a time-lapse video capturing 3-D model making.
Aya Zouhri, 22, a childhood friend of Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha’s, told Al Jazeera that she “had the kindest soul.”
When the two were in third grade, they made BFF bracelets together and promised each other they “be best friends forever” and “go to each other’s weddings and be neighbors,” Zouhri said.
“I still have the BFF necklace,” she said. “I don’t know how to come to terms with that.”
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha participated in fundraisers for Palestinian relief and volunteered with Global Deaf Muslims, a nonprofit dedicated to accommodating the deaf in mosques and other Islamic organizations.
Islamic Relief, the largest Muslim charity organization in the U.S., said in a statement that the three victims were “dedicated to humanitarian causes and volunteered regularly with humanitarian organizations, including Islamic Relief USA.”
After the shooting, family and friends of the three victims gathered near the scene of the crime. “Looking at Yusor’s dad, he just looked like he was in complete shock,” Allam said. “Her parents couldn’t even cry because they’re just in complete shock.”
Khalilah Sabra, the executive director of the Muslim American Society, who knew the three victims, told WNCN that their deaths are “a big loss” to the Muslim community.
“There’s no way to define how the absence of Deah and his family will be felt,” Sabra said.
With additional reporting by Tom Maxwell in Chapel Hill.