Authorities: Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested


The tragic killing of a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia will not be investigated as a hate crime, said authorities on Monday.

Police have already arrested 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres and charged him with murder. Torres was subsequently charged with murder, Wright said.

The medical examiner's office will confirm the identity of the remains found.

Remains believed to be hers were found in a pond on Sunday afternoon.

Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old girl who lived in northern Virginia, was assaulted and found dead on Sunday.

Police say a man attacked Nabra as she was walking back from breakfast with her friends following an overnight activity at the ADAMS Center.

The girl had been walking with friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a auto early on Sunday, police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said.

A vigil to celebrate Nabra's life is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anne Plaza. ADAMS co-chair Shoyeb Hassan told the Post it's common for members of ADAMS to eat at the nearby IHOP or McDonald's before sunrise, when the daily fast begins. They allegedly got into a dispute with Torres, who was in his auto, near Dranesville and Woodson Roads, police say in a statement. A grand jury will vote on which specific murder charge Martinez should face, if any, Morrogh said.

Torres couldn't be reached for comment and CNN could not determine if he has retained a lawyer. She was reported as missing at roughly 4 a.m. and now police believe they have found her body in a pond. They gathered around Nabra's mother, Sawsan Gazzar, in her stairwell to provide their condolences and share in her grief. She tells the Post a detective told her that during the fateful encounter, Nabra tripped over the long garment and fell.

More than 40 Muslim families live together in the quiet Cedar Ridge apartment complex.

Hassanen's death was the result of a disgusting crime, and many people have spoken out on this tragedy during Ramadan. "This aggravated the man", she said.

Hassanen's father, Mahmoud Hassanen wept as he spoke about what he would say to Torres. He said he asked police why the suspect killed his daughter but they wouldn't comment on a potential motive.

Police reiterated Monday the slaying is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Arsalan Iftikhar, an worldwide human rights lawyer and commentator who attended the midnight prayer service, said the teen was "apparently beaten to death by this man". "Why? We have to help each other".

There have been a number of hate crimes targeting Muslims in the US. "Even if not, why is this individual targeting a group of people dressed in Muslim attire?" Another innocent Muslim person targeted for their faith.

"We just kept waiting and waiting for good news, "Ibrahim said". Hassanen's friends split up and fled during the attack and when they regrouped, couldn't find Hassanen.