Karen Peter of Durham was one of hundreds who marched through this college town Sunday to protest the war and mourn the death of a local bookstore owner who had opposed the conflict.

``I think it's tragic, for all the people that are being killed, for the environment,' said Peter, a peace activist. ``All of this could have been prevented.'The bookstore owner, 40-year-old Bob Sheldon, was found shot to death Thursday at Internationalist Books. Police have no suspects, but some of Sheldon's friends in the peace movement said he may have been killed because of his strong and public anti-war stand.

``Many of us suspect that Bob was killed execution-style as the victim of a hate crime,' said Greg Gangi of Chapel Hill.

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