Obama denounces ‘outrageous murders’ of three U.S. Muslims

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama described the deaths of three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina as “brutal and outrageous murders” yesterday and said no one in the United States should be targeted for their religion.

The president’s statement came as the U.S. Justice Department said it would join the FBI’s preliminary inquiry to determine whether the man accused in the Chapel Hill shooting on Tuesday broke any federal laws, including hate crime laws.

“No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” Obama said in a statement, offering his condolences to the victims’ families.

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