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21 June 2017, 06:44 | Dan Bryan
Muslim girl abducted outside US mosque found murdered in Virginia
Investigators in Virginia say a Muslim teenager who was attacked and killed early Sunday as she and a group of teenagers walked back to a mosque may have been sexually assaulted. Martinez Torres, 22, has been charged with murder.
According to the police, Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old construction worker, argued a teen on a bike who was part of the group before jumping a curb with his vehicle and chasing the larger group before catching up to Nabra in a parking lot, where he is accused of hitting her with a baseball bat, abducting her and later killing her.
Police say it appears that Martinez Torres was "so enraged over the traffic dispute that it escalated into deadly violence".
What was supposed to be a morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was fatally attacked as she headed back to a Virginia mosque after enjoying a pre-dawn meal with friends.
He has no prior encounters with ICE, Cutrell added.
Martinez Torres is being held without bail on a murder charge in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.
An ICE spokeswoman declined to provide further details about Martinez Torres' immigration status.
Many people expressed their skepticism that the victim's religion had nothing to do with the killing. Wright declined to say what Martinez Torres has told police and said police had found some items of evidence.
If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself.
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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. Among them was Hassanen's father, Mohmoud Hassanen.
Ezickson said Tuesday his organization is monitoring the investigation and has "every confidence in law enforcement to determine what happened to Nabra and whether the circumstances of her death merit a hate crimes charge". In the article, author Dean Obeidallah asks, "Was the hijab-wearing Hassanen targeted for her faith?" and then immediately states, "The police stated Monday that as of now they are not investigating this as a hate crime". "Some were walking, some were on bikes, got into that argument with a boy on a bike, the group scattered".
BET jumped in, writing, "Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen was brutally beaten to death and police aren't calling it a hate crime".
Despite the police repeating again, "There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime".
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.
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.
Torres appeared by videoconference from jail for an arraignment Monday in a Fairfax County juvenile court, Morrogh said.
"No evidence has been uncovered that shows this murder was motivated by race or religion", police said in a statement Monday night.
ADAMS is the acronym for the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, the mosque that Hassanen had worshipped at in suburban Washington, D.C., in the pre-dawn hours Sunday before heading to a restaurant with friends for breakfast. Police arrested Martinez Torres after one officer noticed him driving suspiciously in the area.
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