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NC State’s Abdul-Malik Abu promised Chapel Hill slaying victims wins over Duke, UNC

N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu (0) makes a layup during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 58-46 victory over North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu (0) makes a layup during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 58-46 victory over North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State helped Abdul-Malik Abu deliver a wedding gift to the late Deah Barakat on Tuesday.

Abu, a freshman on the Wolfpack basketball team, promised Barakat wins over Duke and North Carolina this season at Barakat’s wedding in December.

N.C. State’s 58-46 win over the Tar Heels fulfilled that wedding gift from Abu, who had befriended Barakat, an N.C. State graduate and big Wolfpack basketball fan, and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, during the summer through the N.C. State Muslim community.

Abu had attended Barakat and Abu-Salha’s wedding in December. The two were murdered in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

Abu had six rebounds to help N.C. State win in Chapel Hill for the first time since 2003.

After the game, Abu posted a picture of himself and Barakat from the wedding on Instagram.

He wrote: “Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you … ”

Barakat had originally posted the picture on Instagram after N.C. State’s win over Duke on Jan. 11. On the original post, Barakat wrote that Abu’s wedding gift was “half fulfilled.”

There was a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game for Barakat, his wife and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, who were shot to death in the same incident in Chapel Hill.

Barakat graduated from N.C. State in 2013 and was studying dentistry at UNC.

Before the game, UNC chancellor Carol Folt delivered a taped message on the video board at the Smith Center honoring the lives of the three victims and their connections to both schools.

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