Muslims question whether Northern Virginia girl's killing was road rage
- Author: Nancy Warren Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 6:48
An autopsy was being conducted on a body pulled from a pond in Loudon County that detectives believe to be that of the 17-year-old Reston girl who disappeared on Sunday, police said.
Torres has been charged with murder and faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.
"There was no indication of any racial slurs or any back-and-forth other than a verbal argument", Lt. Bryan Holland said.
He caught up with them a short time later in a parking lot and chased them with a baseball bat, striking 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and then abducting her in his auto, police said. "It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence".
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.
Others highlighted the surge of anti-Muslim crimes and the rise of Islamophobia worldwide in recent years, also pointing to Monday's attack in north London's Finsbury Park, in which a man drove a van into a group of people leaving Ramadan prayers at a nearby mosque.
Police have charged Martinez Torres with murder in the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.
"ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States", Carissa Cutrell, a spokesperson for ICE, said in a statement. If Torres had a pending application for legal status, ICE would have a record of it, an immigration official told BuzzFeed News.
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Salaam said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit. Not after two men were stabbed and killed in Portland after defending two Muslim women or more Muslim women were harassed at a restaurant or Muslim students were called terrorists at school.
Police say there is no evidence that the incident was a hate crime.
Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the family of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen told The Associated Press that the victim, like all the girls in her group, were wearing Muslim head coverings and loose robes.
It is still unclear what happened between the time Hassanen was first attacked and the recovery of her body, Wright said.
"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter", he said, according to the AP.
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.
"With regard to this case, I am confident justice will be served", she said at the news conference.
He loaded Hassanen into his vehicle and dumped her in a pond in neighboring Loudoun County, Parker said.
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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 vehicle.
The Anti-Defamation League is encouraging Fairfax police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
There is nothing to indicate at this point this tragic case was a hate crime. "We must come together to send an opposing message that all people, regardless of their religious or ethnic background, are safe, welcome and protected".
Torres appeared by videoconference from jail for an arraignment Monday in a Fairfax County juvenile court, Morrogh said.
"We thank both Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff's departments for their diligent efforts in investigating and apprehending a suspect", the ADAMS Center said.
The girl, a member of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, went missing after she was walking with friends in the area of the ADAMS mosque in Sterling around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. Sunday. Police arrested Torres after a search.
Then, police say, he drove off with her in his auto, attacked her again, and dumped her body in a pond.
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