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Police say Muslim girl's killing near Virginia mosque not hate crime

20 Juin 2017

Police in northern Virginia say they are investigating the killing of a Muslim teenager Sunday as an incident of road rage.

Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Nabra and all the other girls in her group were wearing Muslim head coverings and loose Islamic robes when the driver approached.

The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) announced a murder charge against Darwin Martinez Torres yesterday (June 18) for allegedly killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

Nabra went missing for 11 hours after the confrontation and a body was found around 3 p.m. local time (1700GMT) in a pond roughly two miles (3.2 kilometers) away.

Torres was assigned a public defender on Monday and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail, according to Raymond Morrogh, the Fairfax commonwealth's attorney, the county's chief prosecutor.

Carissa Cutrell, a spokesperson for ICE, confirmed that the detainer was lodged Monday against 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. But, contrary to those circumstances, Fairfax County authorities say that the murder is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Police say it appears that Martinez Torres was "so enraged over the traffic dispute that it escalated into deadly violence".

A Muslim teenager is missing and believed dead after she was abducted by a man as she and her friends were walking to a suburban Virginia mosque for Ramadan prayers, police said.

A Virginia man has been charged with murder after police said he assaulted and killed a Muslim teenage girl near a mosque.

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A bat was found near the scene, reports CBS affiliate WUSA-TV.

"Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion".

Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Tawny Wright suggested there was not now evidence the attack was a hate crime.

They arrested Torres during the search after noticing him driving suspiciously and allegedly finding several items of evidence in his vehicle, police said. "I lost my daughter, my first reason for happiness", she said Sunday night.

The Post fills in some details on the girls' movements, reporting that during the final 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Va., holds extra prayers at midnight and 2am.

In the meantime, Hassanen's family, friends and community are mourning the shock of her brutal death. It appears the man got out of his vehicle and assaulted one of them, a 17-year-old girl. It was during the search that another cop noticed Torres driving suspiciously, and arrested him.

"I can't think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father's Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself", Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman told reporters.

"With regard to this case, I am confident justice will be served", she said at the news conference.

Members of the ADAMS community have released a statement, saying, "We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event".

Police say Muslim girl's killing near Virginia mosque not hate crime