Police charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres for the murder, which took place around 3:40 a.m. when he got into an argument with a boy on a bike and then drove his vehicle over a curb. Officials declined to identify the girl, but the Washington Post named her as Nabra Hassanen.
Some of the teenagers were in the road and Martinez allegedly began arguing with the boy on a bicycle as he was driving in his auto, Parker told a news conference. The teenagers ran from Torres, but he soon found them in a parking lot and got out of his vehicle wielding a baseball bat and began to chase them, the police said.
He then allegedly loaded Hassanen into his auto and dumped her in a pond in neighbouring Loudoun County. The medical examiner ruled Monday that the girl died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.
Mohmoud Hassanen, Nabra's father, told the Guardian that he does not believe the police account and still suspects that his daughter was targeted because of her religion. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said.
Police said the "investigation at this point does not indicate the victim was targeted because of her race or religion". Another vigil, in Hassanen's hometown of Reston, Virginia, is planned for Wednesday. She said he took the girl with him in his auto to a nearby location, where she was assaulted a second time.
As Fairfax County Police and the Loudon County Sheriff's Office searched the area early Sunday, police stopped a man who was "driving suspiciously", Wright said.
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"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter".
"His anger over that earlier encounter then led to violence when he hit Nabra with a baseball bat", Ms Parker said, adding that he took the girl in his vehicle to a nearby location, where she was assaulted a second time. Anti-Muslim and anti-South Asian hate crime levels wouldn't be the highest they've been since post-9/11.
Police in Virginia say "road rage" prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. I'm so anxious about sending my kids out and their coming back as bodies.I want justice.
The girl's father says he doesn't understand how this could have happened and that his daughter was a friend to everyone.
Martinez was given a public defender during his appearance via video-link at the county's Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and the judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail, according to Raymond Morrogh, the Fairfax commonwealth's attorney, the county's chief prosecutor.
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