'Feed Their Legacy' food drive held in Raleigh

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The Islamic Center of Raleigh held a food drive on Saturday in memory of three slain UNC students. (WTVD)

A food drive was held on Saturday at the Islamic Center of Raleigh to honor the lives of three local college students.

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha, and her sister Razan were murdered last month at a Chapel Hill apartment complex.

Almost 16,000 cans of food were collected at the Islamic Center, exceeding organizers 10,000 item goal.

The 'Feed Their Legacy' food drive was a nationwide event, but it held more meaning at the Islamic Center, where all three of the victims worshipped before they were killed.

People came in masses to give what they could and honor the three students.

"They really wanted contribute in a positive way so we had an overwhelming about of support for our neighbors," said volunteer Hussein Elgenk.

"This truck is already completely packed and it looks like we're going to need another U-Haul," said volunteer Hagar Abdel-Baky. "We're not just helping the Muslim community. We're helping the community at large."

The interfaith food drive, held in memory of the victims, was inspired by Deat's last post on Facebook. He uploaded a picture that showed him feeding the homeless in Durham.

"Throughout the Triangle and throughout the country and the world, it's really touching how much impact these three had, they really had wide lives. Their lives were short, but they were wide and had a strong impact on everybody," said Elgenk. "It's really been touching."

All of the food collected was donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

If you would like to still donate and support the cause, you can find more information at feedtheirlegacy.herokuapp.com.

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