Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam said she is helping keep her friends’ legacies alive with her run for Congress.
Seven years ago, three Muslim college students were murdered in their Chapel Hill home by a neighbor.
Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, and her sister Deah Barakat, 23, were shot dead.
The killings were initially attributed to a parking dispute with a neighbor.
It sparked national outrage and cries of a hate crime amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment.
Allam, 28, who was best friends with the couple, said the community still feels their loss.
In March of 2020, Allam became the first Muslim American woman to be elected to office in North Carolina.
She is running in the 6th Congressional District for the seat currently held by Rep. David Price.