Muslim teen assaulted outside US mosque, found murdered in Virginia

Muslim teen assaulted outside US mosque, found murdered in Virginia”

Police began looking for Hassanen around 4 a.m. Sunday, after the teens arrived at the mosque without Hassanen.

But that hasn't kept a religious bent out of discussion of and reactions to Nabra Hassanen's killing.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia said in a statement: "We are heartbroken and horrified by the news of the brutal murder of a lovely 17-year old girl". "The driver, later identified as Martinez Torres, was taken into custody as a suspect". He then got out of the auto with a metal bat and chased the group of teens, she said. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said.

The girl's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras of Reston, said he doesn't understand how this could have happened, because he said his daughter, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, was a friend to everyone.

Police say that's when they ended up in a dispute with a man driving a vehicle, who is believed to be 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a detainer against Torres on Monday, meaning he was living in the U.S. illegally. But many American Muslims are skeptical.

Asma Ibrahim, who went to South Lakes High School with Hassanen, and who grew up in the same neighborhood, told BuzzFeed News that she had spoken to some of the teens who were in the group from which Hassanen went missing.

She and her friends were dressed in abayas, the robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women, according to the Post, prompting fears the victim was targeted because she was Muslim.

Attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist, tweeted "Road rage".

"Last Friday, I also stood all night in prayer and walked with friends to a nearby diner at 2am for a pre-dawn meal", she wrote.

This is especially pressing because of Trump's rhetoric on Muslim people.


"I can't think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father's Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself", Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman said.

In a news conference Monday evening, the police said up to 15 teenagers, including Hassanen, were walking and riding bicycles on Dranesville Road at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday. "Torres then took Nabra with him in his vehicle to a second location nearby, in Loudoun County".

A USA man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said. Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling has been charged with the girl's killing.

A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the upper body, Parker 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. His next court date is scheduled for July 19.

Hassanen was reported missing on Sunday after she and a group of friends had visited an IHOP restaurant in Sterling to end their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan, said The Washington Post, and they said they were walking back when the motorist confronted them.

Authorities said they had collected a lot of evidence, but declined to expand on the details of the case.

"How can I even begin to convey our sadness and sorrow at the loss of a attractive young girl, whose death has come not only too soon, but in the most tragic and brutal means possible", Deputy Police Chief Tom Ryan said.

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