3 young people were killed in North Carolina last night, yet no one is using the 'T' word.


Three young people were killed. And two of them were newlyweds.


Just devastating.

When a tragic mass murder happens somewhere in the world, social media is usually covered wall to wall with calls for remembrance from prominent people like this one.


But in this case, many were hesitant to grieve for the victims publicly. And the reason why is absolutely heartbreaking.


All of the victims were practicing Muslims. And the man who murdered them was an atheist.

And that's not the only tragic part. While no one is sure what the shooter's motive was, some thought it was only fair to compare the media coverage of the shooting to the coverage of other recent shootings.

The biggest difference? The word "terrorism" is pretty much nowhere to be found.


Some were even more pointed.



Whether you agree with how often the media is quick to label senseless acts of violence "terrorism" or not, the fact remains that the victims were just as much human beings as those who were murdered for drawing cartoons or shopping at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and their deaths are no less tragic or less important.

One of those victims was Deah Barakat. His Twitter feed is full of jokes about basketball and football. And wisdom like this.


He was studying to be a dentist. And he had planned to use his skills for good by raising money to provide dental care to Syrian refugees.

Even though he's gone, his work deserves to live on. Here's how it can.


Because at the end of the day, one thing is absolutely, positively undeniable:


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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.