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Authorities: Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested

20 June, 2017, 14:15 | Author: Mae Harvey

"Nothing suggests that this girl or the group was targeted because of who they are or what they believe", said Wright.

During an intense search for the missing girl, an officer stopped a auto being driven suspiciously on Sunday and the driver, later identified as Martinez Torres was taken into custody, police said. Police say Martinez Torres, who was armed with a baseball bat, later began chasing the group, caught up with Hassanen and attacked her.

Police said they looked into whether the killing was a hate crime but said they found no indication "that this was a bias incident". The man assaulted her and she became separated from her friends. Washington reports that he appeared in court Monday and has been charged with murder.

Detainers are lodged on people arrested on criminal charges who are believed to have either entered the country illegally or violated the terms of their legal status. "Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE".

A awful murder of a Muslim teenager inspired many on the left to blame President Trump and Islamophobia, but the narrative collapsed when more was learned about the murderer captured by police.

Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Nabra and all the other girls in her group were wearing Muslim head coverings and loose Islamic robes when the driver approached.

Attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist, tweeted "Road rage. Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself".

During the last 10 days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, mosques hold extra prayers at midnight and 2am.

Chaudry says the girl's death has prompted her to forbid her 20-year-old daughter from going out in the middle of the night without a parent.

"What investigators told the father and the mother, he hit her in the head and put her in the auto and he threw her in the water", family friend and spokesperson Abas Sherif told WRC-TV.

The girl's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras of Reston, said he doesn't understand how this could have happened, because he said his daughter, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, was a friend to everyone. Police said she was 17, while the county prosecutor's office said she was 16, the Post reported.

"Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion".

According to cops, the attack on Hassanen was carried out after she and Torres got into some sort of altercation.

"Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS' personnel notified both Loudoun County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl", the mosque said in a statement.

The girl was walking from The ADAMS Center toward a shopping center to get food with a group of friends around 3 a.m., police said.

Hassanen's murder is just the latest in a number of recent attacks against Muslims.

Police have said that the slaying is not being investigated as a hate crime at this point, but Fairfax County Police Spokesman Don Gotthardt stresses that the investigation is in the early stages and things could change.

"This is a hate crime", he said.

Police blamed "road rage" on Monday for the killing of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked by a driver while walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend.

Martinez Torres was arraigned Monday and denied bail pending a July 19 court appearance. "It appears the man got out of his vehicle and assaulted one of them", ADAMS said in a statement.

During the search, according to police, an officer noticed a auto being driven suspiciously.

The teenager had been participating in at a sleepover at a religious institution that authorities did not identify.

Arsalan Iftikhar, a human rights lawyer who was at the mosque with his wife around the same time as Hassanen, told the newspaper that the teen's death has sent shock waves through the Muslim community, leaving many in fear.

"This is a hate crime", he said.

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