Memorial for slain Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen set on fire, suspect arrested

Thursday, 22 Jun, 2017

Funeral services are being held at the ADAMS Center in Sterling Wednesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Autopsy results showed that she suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body.

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.

Vigils, funeral planned for Muslim teen killed in Va. As they were returning to the mosque, some were on the sidewalk and others were on the road itself.

Police have charged a 22-year-old motorist, Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling, with her murder.

Detectives close to the investigation were unwilling to provide details about the argument that incited Torres to murder. Martinez-Torres got in an altercation with the group, who then scattered.

They said Martinez Torres beat Nabra as her friends scattered, then put her in his auto, assaulted her again and dumped her body. "He followed the girls, and all of them had head cloths, meaning they are Muslim, and he had a baseball stick", Mohmoud said of Nabra's killer.

Given the jurisdiction where the body was found, the Loudoun County sheriff might be taking over the investigation, which would include rape, said Officer Tawny Wright, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department. Martinez-Torres was arrested in Virginia Sunday after Hassanen's remains were found in a lake near his apartment. The article went on to display tweets from people proclaiming that the murder was, in fact, a hate crime. It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence.

Authorities said they believe Torres acted alone. He was ordered held without bond pending a July 19 court appearance. "Should new information be revealed to suggest it was, we would pursue it".

He lives in Loudoun County.

Martinez has been held in jail in Fairfax, Virginia, since his arrest.

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Nabra Hassanen, 17, was bludgeoned with a baseball bat early Sunday by a motorist who drove up to about 15 Muslim teenagers as they walked or bicycled along a road, Fairfax County police said.

ADAMS is one of the largest mosques in the D.C. region. Many Muslims will eat meals in the predawn hours, however, which is why Hassanen and her friends were out getting food. Multiple sources have said the attacker wielded a baseball bat.

Some questioned the lack of a hate crime investigation, according to The Associated Press.

American Muslims are painfully aware of the uptick in anti-Muslim incidents in recent weeks and months, Iftikhar says. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Hassanen's friends ran back to the mosque and reported that Hassanen had been left behind, according to the Washington Post.

Joshua Salaam of the ADAMS Center said at a press conference Tuesday that police "have given us complete confidence".

Police have said they believe Hassanen was a victim of road rage, not a hate crime, but Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh said prosecutors have not ruled out any motive.

"The community is together every night", Jaka said.

A hate crime in Virginia is defined in part as a crime directed against a person because of the person's race, religion or national origin. "The Muslim community should know that we stand united with them during this extremely hard time".

At the time of writing this article, more than $300,000 had been raised on a crowdfunding platform for Hassanen's family as people called for justice under the hashtag #JusticeforNabraon Twitter.