A 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Was Murdered While Walking Home From Her Mosque in Virginia

A 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Was Murdered While Walking Home From Her Mosque in Virginia

A 17-year-old Muslim girl was assaulted and killed in a possible hate crime Sunday as she made her way home after prayers at a Virginia Mosque.

The Washington Postreports that the body of Nabra Hassanen was identified by relatives after being discovered in pond in Sterling, northern Virginia. Fairfax county police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with her murder. The Post reports that authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

A police statement cited by the Guardian said an investigation concluded that Hassanen “was walking outside [the mosque] with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car.” The man then “got out of his car and assaulted the victim.” Her friends, unable to find her after the incident, called the police.

An officer had “seen a car driving suspiciously in the area,” and the driver, Martinez Torres, was taken into custody as a suspect, according to the police statement.

“People are petrified, especially people who have young Muslim daughters,”Arsalan Iftikhar, a human rights lawyer who attended the same Sunday evening service as Hassanen, told the Post.

[Washington Post]

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Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:05:31 +0000

A 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Was Murdered While Walking Home From Her Mosque in Virginia

A 17-year-old Muslim girl was assaulted and killed in a possible hate crime Sunday as she made her way home after prayers at a Virginia Mosque.

The Washington Postreports that the body of Nabra Hassanen was identified by relatives after being discovered in pond in Sterling, northern Virginia. Fairfax county police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with her murder. The Post reports that authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

A police statement cited by the Guardian said an investigation concluded that Hassanen “was walking outside [the mosque] with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car.” The man then “got out of his car and assaulted the victim.” Her friends, unable to find her after the incident, called the police.

An officer had “seen a car driving suspiciously in the area,” and the driver, Martinez Torres, was taken into custody as a suspect, according to the police statement.

“People are petrified, especially people who have young Muslim daughters,”Arsalan Iftikhar, a human rights lawyer who attended the same Sunday evening service as Hassanen, told the Post.

[Washington Post]

(Why?)

Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:05:31 +0000