Muslim girl assaulted, murdered after leaving U.S. mosque

Darwin Martinez Torres was in his auto when he got into a dispute with the girl and a group of her friends around 3 a.m. Sunday in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C. Martinez got out of the vehicle and assaulted Nabra, who was closest to him, police said.

Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to the upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres attacked her with a baseball bat in a Washington suburb.

He loaded Hassanen into his vehicle and dumped her in a pond in neighboring Loudoun County, Parker said.

Without elaborating, the Fairfax County Police Department tweeted Monday that "We are NOT investigating this murder as a hate crime". "I tell the detective the same thing".

Police began searching for the girl around 4 a.m. Sunday after they received reports from a group of teenagers saying their friend was missing, Wright said. They ran back to The ADAMS Center, but Nabra had been left behind.

Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Virginia, was found dead in a pond near Washington, D.C., at about 3 p.m. Sunday, after she and a group of teenagers walked back from breakfast and got into a dispute with a motorist.

Police in Virginia on Monday blamed road rage for the killing of a teenage Muslim girl who was allegedly attacked by a driver while walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend. Darwin Martinez Torres had been "driving suspiciously" and later taken into police custody, where he was arrested and charged with murder. It was not immediately clear whether he had obtained an attorney.

"Road rage", she wrote Monday.

"Her friends could not find her and police were called to help".

More than 40 Muslim families live together in the quiet Cedar Ridge apartment complex.

Hassanen said he immigrated from Egypt in 1987 and that he is an American citizen.

Chaudry says the girl's death has prompted her to forbid her 20-year-old daughter from going out in the middle of the night without a parent. Julia Parker, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County police told reporters: 'There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime. Nabra's mother, Sawsan Gazzar, told the paper: "I think it had to do with the way she was dressed and the fact that she's Muslim". Detectives say Torres then took Nabra with him in his vehicle to a second location nearby in Loudoun County.

The killing of Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl from the area, sent shockwaves through the country after a recent string of violent attacks on Muslims and racial minorities. "For what? We don't do anything to anybody", he said.

"Would they have been targeted if they hadn't been of a certain faith or ethnicity?"

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (Adams), a local community centre, said that its members came across the teenagers and directed them to their building.

  • Joanne Flowers