Police blame road rage for killing of teenage Muslim girl

Posted June 27, 2017

The teenage girl, whose identity has not been released, was walking outside with a group of friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a auto at around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

Mahmood said she generally feels safe in the Friendly City, but it's always scary to have something like this happen so close to home.

Nabra's father, however, believes that his daughter was assaulted because she is Muslim.

Police said Torres drove his vehicle up to the group and got into an argument with the teenagers.

In a statement issued later that day, the police department attributed the incident to "road rage".

A Fairfax county police statement said: "An investigation determined she was walking outside with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a vehicle".

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Torres hit Hassanen with the bat and took her with him in his auto to another nearby location, where he assaulted her another time, Parker said.

Nabra Hassanen died after Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, beat her and then dumped the 17-year-old girl's body in a pond, police said.

When asked if Hassanen was raped, Fairfax County Police Department Lt. Col. Deputy Chief of Police for Administration Tom Ryan said at a Monday press conference: "There was an assault that occurred in Fairfax County and we had another assault that occurred in Loudoun County". Torres has been charged with the killing.

Torres was arraigned and held without bond on Monday, according to the Post. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

He added: "Nothing suggests that this girl or the group was targeted because of who they are or what they believe".

The young man has been living in the country illegally after moving to Virginia from El Salvador, the Daily Caller reports.

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The All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling said officials there called the police after the girl's friends ran in for help.

Her grieving mother Sawsan Gazzar told the Washington Post that her daughter had been wearing an abaya, a traditional Muslim dress, and speculated that the attack may have been because of her faith. The police shared that he was able to get hold of Nabra and in rage hit her with the baseball bat.

However, he will not be charged with a hate crime because of insufficient evidence.

Nabra's death has shaken the local Muslim community. "Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hispanic, whatever", he said, surrounded by more than a dozen friends and family in his apartment. "I'm so anxious about sending my kids out and their coming back as bodies". "I teach my kids to love everybody". "For what? We don't do anything to anybody", he said.

A statement by the Adams centre said: "We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event". "It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth".

A crowdfunding campaign for the girl's family has already raised more than $220,000.

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