Murder of teenage Muslim girl in U.S. sparks outrage

The 17-year-old girl identified as Nabra Hassanen, who was wearing a headscarf at the time of the attack, was kidnapped and beaten to death early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia. Detectives are continuing to investigate and say that if they discover information or evidence that would indicate this was hate-motivated they'll file additional charges.

Feeling threatened, the group of girls ran towards the safety of the mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), but realized they had left Hassanen behind.

The girl and her friends were dressed in abayas, the robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women, according to the Post, prompting fears that the victim was targeted because she was Muslim. At one point, the motorist got out of his vehicle and assaulted the girl, said the police.

Nabra was abducted in Virginia while returning home from her mosque Sunday, and police later found a body that they believe to be hers.

The police said the group of as many as 15 teenagers were walking and riding their bikes - some in the street and some on the sidewalk - when Torres came upon them in his vehicle.

The police obtained a murder warrant that charges him for the girl's death.

Police said there is no indication of any racial or ethnic slurs were exchanged between Torres and the group when they encountered each other.

"We urge both local and federal authorities to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation into all possible motives for this gruesome crime", Ahussain said.

Police allege that Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, got into an argument with a teen in the group as the friends returned to the mosque, drove his vehicle over a curb, chased the group and used a baseball bat to hit Hassanen in a parking lot nearby.

The girl had been walking with friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a auto early on Sunday, police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said.

Police charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder.

Despite mainstream media reports that Hassanen was killed at the hands of an anti-Muslim attacker, police said Torres' actions were due to "road rage".

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

Hassanen was asked by The Guardian if he believed his daughter's Muslim religion was a factor in the attack. Torres was arraigned Monday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and ordered held without bail pending a July 19 court appearance.

The teens told police they'd been walking from a McDonalds to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center for Ramadan prayer when they ended up in a dispute with a man driving in a vehicle, Wright told CNN.

"Community members" saw the teenagers "and directed them to ADAMS Center", the faith organization said in their statement.

The center said it would have licensed counselors on site today to help the community cope with the loss. "She's gone. She's not going to come back".

  • Leroy Wright