(Mohammad Alsalti via AP). Her body was later found floating in a pond in Sterling, Virginia.
Police, however, said Hassanen's death was not being investigated as a hate crime at this point. "A terrible thing happened to her, but regardless of (whether or not) it was a hate crime, it was frightful - maybe someone else could have been in that situation if they were outside, I don't know".
It called for undertaking decisive measures against hate, violence, and extremist crimes to put an end to the phenomenon.
"No evidence has been recovered that shows this was a hate crime. If during the course of this ongoing criminal investigation, information or evidence later surfaces that would indicate this was hate-motivated, detectives would certainly ensure appropriate charges are filed".
"These cases evolve, the investigation is ongoing - who knows what will come up - so I would be loath to characterize it one way or the other", he said.
At a news conference Monday evening, when asked if Hassanen had been sexually assaulted, Fairfax County Police Lt. Bryan Holland responded that "there was an assault that occurred in Fairfax County and we had another assault that occurred in Loudoun [County]".
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"She's gone", he said.
Police said they are continuing to investigate, but so far they have found no evidence pointing to a hate crime by Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old from El Salvador suspected of being in the US illegally. Police said he beat Nabra with a baseball bat early Sunday, drove off with her in his auto and assaulted her again - they haven't said how - before dumping her body in a pond near her home. His public defender's office has declined to comment.
Nabra Hassanen, 17, was remembered as a shining example of kindness and openness during the services. "Muslim kids and Christian kids in this neighborhood grow up together". Board chair Rizwan Jaka said there has been "just a tremendous outpouring of support" from people of all faiths.
Nabra, a 10th grader with three younger sisters, was well known in her Reston neighborhood.
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About 5,000 mourners left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach Wednesday's funeral for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen whose beating death has some in her community fearing for their safety.
According to police accounts, Nabra and a group of friends had been at a Ramadan service at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and were on their way back after going to breakfast at the McDonald's in the Town Center at Sterling plaza. "So generous, so bright, so attractive, so energetic, so giving, so caring". He said the community is grieving, but needs to remain strong.
He said Nabra fell down as her friends got away before the alleged beating.
"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", said the ADAMS Center in a statement.
Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Hassanen and the other girls in her group were wearing headscarves, leaving many to believe she was targeted because of her religion.
Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and Muslim activist ridiculed the idea it was road rage, saying on Twitter: "If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself".
Police in Virginia are continuing to investigate Sunday's fatal attack.
While police have said Nabra's death was the result of a road rage incident, Muslim leaders are urging authorities to look at it as a hate crime.
Hassanen was with a group of friends walking back to All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque when Darwin Martinez Torres jumped the curb in his auto and drove at them. Torres then took Hassanen to another location and assaulted her again before her body was found in a nearby pond. Torres is charged with her murder, which police describe as a road rage incident rather than a hate crime, although more charges could come later.
Nabra Hassanen, 17, was bludgeoned with a baseball bat on Sunday by a motorist who drove up to about 15 Muslim teens in Fairfax County, Virginia.
But Salehi found some bright spots from the tragedy, saying she thinks "it's fantastic how the entire Muslim community is coming together just to support her and this one thing".
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