People pray during a service in a soccer field near the Islamic Association of Raleigh February 12, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
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North Carolina Muslims call for calm as students buriedThe families of three Muslim students shot dead by a white neighbor said an emotional farewell to their loved ones on Thursday, reiterating calls for the killings to be treated as a hate crime. The killing rattled the community, stoking fears among some Muslims in the tight-knit university town.Some Muslim leaders said the shooting was a reflection of wider anti-Muslim hostility, and warned it could sow fear among Muslim-Americans.There are some 65,000 Muslims in North Carolina, which has a population of 9.9 million, and the majority live in the Chapel Hill area.Relatives and friends honored Deah, Yusor and Razad Thursday at the traditional Muslim service.
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