Chapel Hill murders: Turkey's President slams Obama's 'silence', urges him to take position

A makeshift memorial for Mr Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel Hill, North Carol
A makeshift memorial for Mr Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Feb 11, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised United States President Barack Obama's silence over the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina, urging him on Thursday to take a position over the triple shooting.

"Three Muslims have been murdered in North Carolina and President Obama, (Secretary of State John) Kerry and (Vice-President Joe) Biden have not made any statements about it," Mr Erdogan said during a visit to Mexico.

"As politicians, we are responsible for everything that happens in our countries and we have to show our positions," he said alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City's National Palace.

Tuesday's triple murder in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill has sparked accusations in the Arab world of double standards by American media in their coverage of the attack.

Mr Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot dead by a neighbour whose Facebook page was filled with anti-religious posts.

The police said they were investigating the crime as a parking dispute, but families of the slain students repeated their belief it was a religiously motivated attack.

The alleged shooter, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with murder. Thousands of people gathered for the victims' funeral on Thursday.