Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque

A Muslim teen was killed after leaving a mosque with friends

The death of a teenage Muslim girl, who was killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque, was not being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Monday.

The father of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was murdered in Virginia while walking with a group of friends to their mosque has a simple question: Why? But police say the tragic incident "appears to be the result of road rage".

Witnesses say Torres caught up with the group a short time later in a nearby parking lot, got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group.

Her body was found later on Sunday by law enforcement officials after an extensive search. On Sunday afternoon, police discovered remains in a nearby pond that they believe to be Nabra's, although the medical examiner's office hasn't yet confirmed this. "What the investigators told the father and the mother, he hit her in the head and then he put her in the auto, and then he threw her in the water", Sherif said.

The vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia. "She's like humble. She was very nice, you know, I'm very sad", said Abas Sherif, a family friend and spokesperson. The assailant was quickly subdued after the incident, but a local imam told the Guardian that he and other worshippers prevented a group of people from attacking the driver until the police arrived.

He was assigned a public defender.

The father of the 17-year-old Muslim girl who was allegedly assaulted and murdered while going to a mosque with her friends is speaking out about the daughter he described as his close friend.

She added that if evidence surfaces that does point to a hate crime, "at that point detectives would obviously take the investigation in that direction". Nabra's mother, Sawsan Gazzar, told the paper: "I think it had to do with the way she was dressed and the fact that she's Muslim".

He struck down Nabra and absconded with her in his auto.




Hassanen and a group of more than a dozen youths had just finished eating at a McDonald's and were heading back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling for an all-night Ramadan event when they noticed a man in a auto following them, the teens told News4.

Police say Darwin Martinez Torres from Sterling saw the group walking and riding bicycles in the street and on the sidewalk.

Fairfax County police responding to the missing persons call stopped and arrested 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, who was nearly immediately charged with the murder.

Torres was arrested and charged with murder. "I'm so anxious about sending my kids out and their coming back as bodies".

The Washington Post reported Monday from Torres's court arraignment that the suspect works in construction.

"This is a hate crime", he said.

"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", said the ADAMS Center in a statement.

During the same period, CAIR reports a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

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