Just two weeks ago, Barakat decried violence in the Gaza-Israeli conflict in a post on Twitter:
An American football and basketball fan, Barakat was a dental student at the University of North Carolina and volunteered with a charity providing emergency dental care to children in Palestine.
He had also set up a campaign to raise money so he and a team of dentists could travel to Turkey this summer to provide dental care to refugees fleeing the Syria crisis. Since news of his death emerged, donations to the campaign have poured in and the fundraising target of $20k has been easily surpassed.
Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old man, handed himself in to police last night and has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder.