United States police probe Muslim girl's killing as 'road rage' incident

Posted June 21, 2017

An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the upper body, Parker said.

Police in Fairfax, Virginia have found a body that they believe to be a 17-year-old girl missing after she was abducted walking from an IHOP restaurant to her mosque on Saturday night. Martinez Torres is being charged with murder.

The police also believe Martinez Torres acted alone and said they are not looking for any other suspects.

Police say that Martinez Torres got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat to chase the group of youths, and that he struck Hassanen with the bat and then put her into his auto and drove off. "It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence".

The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside of Washington in observance of the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.

An aunt who was at the court but declined to give her name said Martinez Torres's family is shocked and mystified about the charges against him. Hassanen's father said he believes she was killed because she was wearing an abaya, a traditional black cloak. "But if the attacker had been an American conservative, it would have been front-page news for a solid week or more".

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.

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

Joshua Salaam, a chaplain at the ADAMS Center, said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit.

Police in Fairfax, Virginia are saying "road rage" prompted the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend.

The girl's father says he doesn't understand how this could have happened and that his daughter was a friend to everyone.

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The story appeared nowhere on the front pages of Google News or Yahoo News Tuesday, and newspapers such as the Washington Post were more interested in why police refused to file hate-crime charges than in the immigration status of Nabra's killer.

Nabra Hassanen was a Muslim teen with an infectious smile and a bright future, but her family is left heartbroken and full of questions after she was hunted down and beaten to death Sunday by an illegal alien from El Salvador.

According to Fairfax County Police, an investigation determined she was walking with friends and got into a dispute with a man driving a auto, who exited his vehicle and assaulted the victim.

Police say the girl and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in northern Virginia early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a auto.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the killer, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, was living in the country illegally.

Police announced earlier in the day that they were not investigating the slaying as a hate crime, which provoked deep skepticism among some American Muslims.

Despite the police repeating again, "There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime".

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group is partnering with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said on Monday that they have issued a request to take custody of Torres after he is released from Fairfax County jail. He is held without bond, police said.

After dinner, Nabra went with a group of friends to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque to attend their extra Ramadan prayers.