Police Say Road Rage Led To Killing Of Muslim Girl In Virginia

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

Family and friends are preparing to say goodbye to 17-year-old Nabra Hussanen, who was killed Sunday in what police are calling a road rage incident.

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was charged with murder on Monday following the Sunday death of Hassanen.

Police later identified the suspect in Nabra's murder as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, also of Sterling. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said. They allegedly got into a dispute with Torres, who was in his auto, near Dranesville and Woodson Roads, police say in a statement.

Due to Hassanen's religion and the proximity of the attack to a mosque, media originally reported the killing was potentially motivated by her religion or ethnicity. Nabra Hassanen, 17, was attacked early on Sunday in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles (50 km) west of Washington, after attending late-night prayers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. If Torres had a pending application for legal status, ICE would have a record of it, an immigration official told BuzzFeed News.

Hooper, the CAIR spokesman, compared Nabra's killing to a North Carolina case in which three Muslim college students were shot and killed in 2015.

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Fairfax County police said if they find any evidence the slaying was a hate crime, they will pursue appropriate charges.

Iftikhar says Hassanen and her friends were "visibly Muslim", meaning that they were wearing headscarves and abayas, which are long, traditional dresses that made them easily identifiable as Muslims.

"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment". ADAMS is one of the largest mosques in the country and is particularly busy during Ramadan. Why, when my daughter fell down, why did he hit her?

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.

Nabra's father, Mahmoud Hassanen, told the London Guardian he does not accept police accounts describing his daughter as a victim of road rage. Martinez Torres reportedly started arguing with one of the teens riding a bike, and drove his auto over the curb.

Police reiterated during the news conference that the investigation so far has found no evidence that Nabra was targeted because her religion.

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She said he took the girl with him in his vehicle to a nearby location, where she was assaulted a second time. "Some were walking, some were on bikes, got into that argument with a boy on a bike, the group scattered". He says they spoke occasionally, when he asked Martinez Torres not to leave trash in the halls and stairwells.

Most hate-crime cases are handled by state prosecutors, and typically carry stiffer penalties than crimes charged without a bias component. "We must come together to send an opposing message that all people, regardless of their religious or ethnic background, are safe, welcome and protected".

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.

Martinez Torres was arraigned Monday and denied bail pending a July 19 court appearance. He is held without bond, police said.

Torres was arrested when a patrol officer noticed him driving suspiciously and conducted a traffic stop before taking him into custody at 5:15 a.m.

Salaam said police "have given us complete confidence". The All Dulles Area Muslim Society confirmed in a news release that the teens were affiliated with the mosque.

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Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog, noted the incident was already being paired by CAIR with the Finsbury Park attack in the United Kingdom as examples of anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise.

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