A Memorial For Nabra Hassanen In DC Was Set On Fire

A makeshift memorial set up to honor the memory of a murdered teen girl has been set on fire, possibly in connection with the hate crime implications of the event.

Police have said they believe Hassanen was a victim of road rage, not a hate crime, but Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh said prosecutors have not ruled out any motive.

"No evidence has been uncovered that shows this murder was motivated by race or religion", police said in a statement Monday night.

Martinez Torres is being held without bail on a murder charge in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. "We are still sorting out all of the facts".

Police later identified the suspect in Nabra's murder as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, also of Sterling.

Hassanen's funeral prayer service will be held at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling on Wednesday, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Darwin Martinez-Torres is accused of killing Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen.

Police said Martinez Torres took Hassanen in his auto to Loudoun County, Virginia, and the teenager's body was found in a pond in Loudoun County later that evening. The day after Nabra was killed, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed it launched a detainer against Torres.

As the teenagers were returning to the mosque from the restaurant, some were traveling on the sidewalk while others were on the road, according to police.

Her body was found in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Va. later that Sunday. Instead, Solomon was arrested on suspicion of kindling a bonfire. He was being held in Fairfax County after an initial court appearance Monday.

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]".

The girl's father says he doesn't understand how this could have happened and that his daughter was a friend to everyone. "An angel was taken".

She excelled in school, and enjoyed music and fashion, he added.

"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment", he said.

The case continued to strike a chord well beyond Virginia on Tuesday.

Her funeral is planned for Wednesday afternoon, with a private burial to follow.

Rania Salem, 21, of Arlington was one of the first to arrive.

Joining the mourners was Lamia Sarver of McLean, who said she does not usually attend ADAMS, but wanted to support the Hassanen family.

"It could have been any of us - we all go to the mosque during Ramadan for prayer". As of the morning of Tuesday, June 20, the campaigns raised a total of $327,305 from more than 12,000 contributors nationwide.

Nabra's vicious murder must be examined within the context of that data - Islamophobia, anti-Muslim extremism, and anti-Muslim violence is real and we can not dismiss it.

Accusing Muslims of "playing the victim" when we talk about our valid concerns and experiences is another often-employed silencing tactic.

Why Nabra? She was with a group of more than a dozen teens.

"His anger over that earlier encounter then led to violence when he hit Nabra with a baseball bat", she said.

Online, many expressed outrage over the decision by police not to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

"There is nothing to indicate at this point that this tragic case was a hate crime".

The number of hate crimes in the USA - and fatalities resulting from them - has skyrocketed since the election of President Donald Trump.

His family is said to be shocked over the reports.

Her father, Mohmoud Hassanen, said that he hoped that the public in general could "stop hating on people for any kind of religion or anything like that".

Some wearing Islamic robes, others in street clothes, they left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach her mosque.

  • Larry Hoffman