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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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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This article originally appeared on 03.19.15


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