Muslims question whether girl's killing was road rage

(Mohammad Alsalti via AP).

Police in Fairfax County, Virginia found the body of a 17-year-old Muslim girl yesterday, believed to be that of Nabra Hassanen, who went missing early Sunday morning. It's being shared widely online.

"What I really, really hope is that young Muslim not feel scared", Iftikhar says.

The teens scattered and most ran back to the mosque, but Nabra tripped on her traditional dress and fell.

Detectives believe Torres acted alone and are not looking for any other suspects in this active case. He has a public defender whose office declined comment. USA immigration officials requested that a "detainer" be placed on him at the county jail, meaning they are interested in possible future deportation proceedings.

Her name was Nabra Hassanen.

"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", ADAMS said in a statement. He has since been held by ICE, which confirmed to Fox News that it had lodged a detainer on Martinez Torres, suggesting he was possibly in the country illegally.

Iftikhar says Hassanen and her friends were "visibly Muslim", meaning that they were wearing headscarves and abayas, which are long, traditional dresses that made them easily identifiable as Muslims.

Police accounts say the victim was among a group of four or five teens walking back from breakfast at IHOP when they were confronted by a man in a vehicle.

Fairfax police, in their account of the attack, said that Martinez Torres and one of the boys in the group got into an argument, and the motorist chased the youngsters down and got out swinging the bat.

He loaded Hassanen into his vehicle and dumped her in a pond in neighboring Loudoun County, Parker said. Twenty-two-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres has been charged with murder.

South Lakes High School Principal Kim Retzer said in a letter Tuesday that she visited with Nabra's family a day earlier.

Martinez Torres assaulted Nabra a second time, in Loudoun County, before dumping her body in a pond next to his apartment complex, where it was discovered about 3 p.m. on Sunday, police said.

Nabra's body was found in a pond Sunday afternoon based on leads that police have not detailed. They were on their way back when Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, drove up to their group and an altercation ensued. However, that did not stop people from finding a way to claim the incident was a hate crime and find ways to blame President Trump. It said the society was enlisting licensed counselors to assist anyone in need.

"This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect, who was driving and who is now charged with murder, and a group of teenagers who was walking and riding bikes in and along a roadway", a Fairfax Police Department statement said. Another vigil, in Hassanen's hometown of Reston, Virginia, is planned for Wednesday. The medical examiner ruled she died from abrasions to the head and neck.

One of Hassanen's friends, who was on a bike, got into an argument with the driver, whom police identified as Torres.

In a viral news incident that was perfectly crafted for an "Islamophobia in the time of Trump" pitch, news sources reported 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was killed while walking to a mosque for Ramadan services.

Authorities said Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to her upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres came out of his auto swinging the bat at her group of friends early Sunday.

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

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