5 questions about the murder of Nabra Hassanen

The Dupont Circle memorial for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was smoldering at 8:30 a.m. when firefighters arrived, according to Fox 5.

Police have said her beating death appears to be a case of road rage, but many outside observers are skeptical, especially Muslims who say the case looks much like a hate crime.

Police say they have arrested a 24-year-old man for setting a fire in a Washington, D.C., fountain on Wednesday morning ― but emphasized that the incident was not a hate crime, as it had no connection to a memorial at the same fountain for a murdered Muslim teen.

Omar Ghowrwal, of Ashburn, said he is confident police will investigate the case thoroughly and get to the bottom of what led to Nabra's death.

Mourners walk into Sterling Cemetery where Nabra Hassanen, who was killed Sunday, will be laid to rest in Sterling, Virginia, on June 21, 2017.

Authorities had thought about shifting the case for jurisdictional reasons because Nabra was found dead in the neighboring county.

Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old from El Salvador thought to be in the USA illegally, was jailed without bail on a murder charge after the girl's body was pulled from a pond near his apartment. Morrogh said it was too early to say whether he might seek the death penalty. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes like these have risen 20 percent in the past year.

Police said 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres beat her with a baseball bat after chasing a group of teenagers he encountered in the road on Sunday. "We're confident that they are doing the best they can to make sure they don't leave any stones unturned".

"The Fairfax County Police Department has partnered closely with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office with the common goal of justice for Nabra as well as for her family, friends and community", FCPD said in a news release. Instead, Solomon was arrested on suspicion of kindling a bonfire. However, police don't believe that her religion was the motive for her attack - road rage was.

He caught Nabra and took her to another location. "An angel was taken".

"Because she is a Muslim", Mahmoud Hassanen said.

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

At her funeral Wednesday, an overflow area itself overflowed with people who came in solidarity. She's warned her not to attend late-night Ramadan prayers and services with friends, so she won't be a target.

Ngaliman came to the United States from Malaysia in 2006 and lives in the country with her husband and four children. She said the tragedy hits home because she has a daughter Nabra's age.

More than $307,000 has been raised in an online fundraiser to support Nabra's family.

The Independent reported that, at the time Nabra Hassanen was kidnapped and killed by a passing motorist in her home of Fairfax County, Virginia, the local Muslim community was celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.

  • Joanne Flowers