Nabra Hassanen Memorial Catches Fire In Dupont Circle

Nabra Hassanen Memorial Catches Fire In Dupont Circle”

Roessler said police have "absolutely no evidence" that her killing was motivated by hate, but says "that's the myth, isn't it?" Many people saw a parallel with the 2015 killing of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., which police said had been sparked by a parking dispute. "I have no evidence of any hate words or any hate actions".

"You can't just say, 'Oh, he didn't say anything against Islam, so no hate crime, '" he said.

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.

"At this point in time right now, it's an active investigation", Roessler said. "We will say to ourselves, 'It's up to God"'.

Authorities arrested Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, after a Fairfax County officer noticed him circling the site Sunday. Detectives said he then drove her to another location and assaulted her again. His public defender's office has declined to comment.

An estimated 5,000 people attended the service at the All Dallas Area Muslim Society, where Imam Mohamed Magid remembered the teenager as a shining example of kindness and openness.

The mourners, a majority of them Muslims, included some Christians and Jews. Board chair Rizwan Jaka said there has been "just a tremendous outpouring of support" from people of all faiths.

A statement by Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry at Muslim Advocates, a national legal and educational organization for American Muslims, said the tragedy occurring on Father's Day and during the holy month of Ramadan, "strikes the heart of the strong community of the ADAMS Center and of Fairfax".

(AP Photo/Steve Helber). Mourners hold signs and flowers as they listen to speakers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Reston, Va., during a vigil in honor of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed over the weekend. Hassanen was killed early Sunday morning as she walked with a group of friends to the mosque to Ramadan prayers after a pre-dawn meal.

Family members and friends took the stage to tell stories about Ms. Hassanen - helping a student in math class; singing along to hip-hop with the lyrics displayed on her phone; jokingly flipping her hijab and saying, "I don't have time for this".

After hundreds of people packed her funeral. Why, when my daughter fell down, why did he hit her?

The vigil takes place Thursday at 6 Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams St.).

Fairfax police, in their account of the attack, said Martinez Torres and one of the boys in the group got into an argument, and the motorist chased the youngsters down and got out swinging the bat.

Police have classified the murder as a road rage incident, but Hassanen's family and many in her community believe she was targeted in a hate crime because she was Muslim and wearing a hijab at the time of her death.

The teenagers were walking and riding bicycles back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

Thousands attended Ms. Hassanen's funeral and vigil on Wednesday.

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