Muslim girl's death in Virginia may be hate crime, say police
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:38
The statement says the police "investigation at this point in no way indicates the victim was targeted because of her race or religion". But many American Muslims are skeptical. The victim's mother tells the Washington Post that her daughter, who typically wears Western garb, was wearing a borrowed abaya, a traditional Muslim dress, which she tripped over because she wasn't used to running in it.
Police say the girl and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in the Sterling area early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a vehicle.
During the search, police said they stopped a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner in the area, and took the driver Torres into custody. Torres was subsequently charged with murder, Wright said.
According to the Post, Martinez Torres caught up with the group in a parking lot shortly thereafter, chasing them with a baseball bat. Police did not describe the second assault. According to autopsy results, she sustained blunt force trauma to the upper body.
"This is a hate crime", he said. "The driver, later identified as Martinez Torres, was taken into custody as a suspect". They ran back to The ADAMS Center, but Nabra had been left behind. The group of more than a dozen kids did not immediately realize Hassanen was missing. Officials said that police "saw a vehicle driving suspiciously in the area". The boys declined to give their names. Aboras emigrated from southern Egypt and has three younger daughters, who, like Nabra, were born in the U.S.
Regardless of the motive, the killing reverberated throughout the Muslim community and beyond. "I lost my daughter, my first reason for happiness". "Why? We have to help each other, Muslim, Christian, Jew".
ADAMS is one of the largest mosques in the country, and is particularly busy during Ramadan. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadan.
Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling was arraigned Monday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and ordered held without bail pending a July 19 court appearance.
NBC News reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has filed a detainer order against Torres.
Contributors include Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond.
Police in the U.S. state of Virginia found the remains of a missing Muslim teenager who was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque with her friends in the Sterling area, a statement said on Sunday.
After Torres attacked Hassanen, he kidnapped her and took her into his auto, which he drove to a nearby place in Loudoun County.
Instead, they said, she was killed because of the quickly escalating temper of the assailant, who police say is 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling.
On Sunday afternoon, police discovered remains in a nearby pond that they believe to be Nabra's, although the medical examiner's office hasn't yet confirmed this.
A 17-year-old Reston girl was killed early Sunday morning because a driver became extremely enraged, police say.