Memorial for slain Muslim teen girl is torched

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

Police said a person approached Hassanen early Sunday while she and about 15 other Muslim teenagers walked or bicycled along the road and became enraged after exchanging words with a boy in the group.

Hassanen's remains were found in a stagnant pond five kilometers from the initial crime scene, according to the police report on the incident.

Martinez Torres and a teen on a bicycle got into a dispute and Martinez drove his vehicle up on the curb, scattering the teens, police said. They said Martinez Torres beat Hassanen as her friends scattered, then put her in his vehicle, assaulted her again and dumped her body.

Police say the girl was assaulted a second time before her body was dumped in a pond in Loudon County, but the Fairfax detectives continue to take the lead in the case.

"Where is Nabra?" she keeps asking, Mohmoud said during an emotional interview.

When asked if Hassanen was raped at a press conference on Monday, Fairfax County Police Department Lt. Col. Deputy Chief of Police Tom Ryan said, "There was an assault that occurred in Fairfax County and we had another assault that occurred in Loudoun County".

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was arrested and charged with Hassanen's murder.

Twenty-two-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres is being held without bail on a murder charge.

"If you knew her you might possibly know why it was so hard for this community", said Salaam. "An angel was taken".

Hamdi Sharif, 16, a classmate of Nabra's at South Lakes High School, said she was a "kind" and "funny" girl whose life was cut short far too early.

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The case continued to strike a chord well beyond Virginia on Tuesday.

The AP spoke Wednesday with some of the people at the funeral, who expressed fears for their own families.

Rania Salem, 21, of Arlington was one of the first to arrive.

Many who turned out in support of Nabra Hassanen and her family Wednesday said they're fearful for their children's safety after the attack. Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting and prayer in the Islamic faith, ends this weekend.

"You think you know someone because of what people say about them, but if people got to know each other, got to know people of different backgrounds", she said, "a lot of the hatred-fueled acts like this wouldn't exist".

According to CNN, Hassanen's father, Mahmoud, firmly believes that his daughter was targeted by Torres "because she's Muslim", and he feels there's no way that this isn't a hate crime.

"We are looking into the possibility of that", Ms. Wright said. "We believe there is more to the story". Many left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach her mosque.

Fairfax County police said on Monday there was no indication that Hassanen's attacker used racial slurs or made any reference to her religion while he attacked her. She also said ADAMS is talking with law enforcement as they work toward investigating the case to its fullest extent.

Federal hate-crime charges generally carry even harsher penalties than state statutes. Federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia have not opened an investigation. He said the community is grieving, but needs to remain strong.

Lamia Sarver of McLean, Va., told the AP her own daughter is the same age as Hassanen.

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