His aunt told the Washington Post that neither she nor anyone in her family knew about the girl and didn’t believe Torres knew her, either.
The suspect, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, drove on to a kerb and the group scattered, Ms Parker said.
Authorities later found her body in a pond.
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. It appears the man got out of his auto and assaulted one of them, a 17-year-old girl. “Please pray for me, please pray for me”, she said on Sunday evening.
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 vehicle following them, the teens told News4. The Council on American-Islamic Affairs found a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents from 2015-2016, and a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes. They said that when the vehicle pulled up beside them and slowed down, they thought the driver might be friends with someone in the group, playing a joke.
“Her friends could not find her and police were called to help”. The girls declined to give their names. He was seen driving suspiciously around the area where her body was recovered.
Officers noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area during the search and arrested Torres.
“Numerous patrol officers from the Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office immediately began an extensive search.” said the Fairfax Country Police Department.
While family and relatives grieve, Hassanen’s mother said she still can’t wrap her mind around why someone would kill her teenage daughter. Detectives later obtained a murder warrant against Martinez Torres. According to ADAMS, the dispute occurred at 4 a.m.
Police have not identified Hassanen, but her father confirmed she was the victim in Sunday’s attack. His daughter is gone, regardless. As the Washington Post puts it, “the issue was on the minds of many Muslims on Sunday”.
Contributors include Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond.
In an announcement Monday, Fairfax County Police stated that the death of Nabra Hassanen-the teen who was violently beaten by a driver as she and her friends were walking early Sunday morning-will be investigated as a road rage incident and not a hate crime.
A Muslim teenager is missing and believed dead after she was abducted by a man as she and her friends were walking to a suburban Virginia mosque for Ramadan prayers, police said.
Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was charged with murder in the death of Nabra Hassanen, who went missing after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Reston, Virginia on Sunday morning.