Vigil for Nabra Hassanen in Reston, Virginia
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 20:06
The killing, the details of which are still trickling out, came Sunday.
Hassanen, 17, was kidnapped from near a mosque in northern Virginia and was beaten to death by a man named Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, with a baseball bat. The man then pulled his auto over, chased down the group of teens with a baseball bat and assaulted Hassanen.
Torres allegedly argued with one of the boys in Hassanen's group before he chased them with a baseball bat an caught up to Hassanen, who he assaulted.
Nabra's father told detectives that he thinks his daughter was killed because of her religion.
Didn't Torres take Nabra and put her in his auto?
Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Virginia.
After some deliberation over which jurisdiction would handle Torres' prosecution, officials announced Tuesday that the case would stay in Fairfax because that's where the investigation began.
After the teen's funeral and burial, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. spoke with The Associated Press about the community's concerns.
"It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence".
At the same time, he said there are people in the Muslim community who are less concerned with the legalities of what constitutes a hate crime and have a more visceral reaction. "We don't judge people by color or by religion". "We have a long-standing relationship with the ADAMS Center, and our hearts go out to everyone in our Muslim community and beyond for this tragic crime".
"Because she is a Muslim", Mahmoud Hassanen said.
Hassanen's family too has indicated they believe the attack should be treated as a hate crime.
Most hate crime cases are handled by state prosecutors and typically carry stiffer penalties than crimes charged without a bias component.
Tawny Wright, a spokeswoman for the FCPD, said investigators continue to pour over the details and conduct interviews.
The Independent was told by a Fairfax County Police spokesperson that part of their investigation involves determining "whether the victim was sexually assaulted".
He acknowledged that the slaying has people grieving and fearful, but he praised the many people who turned out "in a fever" to search for the teen before police discovered her body Sunday afternoon.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, attended the funeral and said that Nabra's death has brought profound grief both to the local Muslim community and others around the country. "An angel was taken". "For what?" Mohmoud Hassanen said.
Hassanen, 17, was attacked in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles west of Washington, after attending late-night prayers for Ramazan.
"She was very, very kindhearted, always smiling, always dancing", Neshanti Morgan, 16, said on Wednesday as she walked into ADAMS, where the funeral prayer service was starting.
"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter", he said, according to the AP. An autopsy found that Nabra suffered blunt-force trauma to her upper body. She never hurt somebody, she's so polite.
Lamia Sarver of McLean, Va., told the AP her own daughter is the same age as Hassanen. An evening vigil organized by her high school's Muslim Student Association also drew throngs of people.
"We are living in such a global world nowadays, we shouldn't have this kind of environment anymore", she said.