Police Say Road Rage Led To Killing Of Muslim Girl In Virginia

Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling Va. Martinez Torres was held on a murder charge Monday

Authorities said Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to her upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres came out of his auto swinging the bat at her group of friends early Sunday.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups planned vigils around the country Tuesday to honor Hassanen. Groups in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit are joining the effort. The majority of vigils are planned for both Tuesday and Wednesday, and some are set to occur early next week.

This undated image provided by the Hassanen family shows Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Va. Police in Fairfax, Va., said Monday, June 19, 2017, that "road rage" was to blame for the slaying of a 17-year-old muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend. Authorities are not investigating the incident as a hate crime, saying they believe Hassanen was a victim of road rage. He says they spoke occasionally, when he asked Martinez Torres not to leave trash in the halls and stairwells.

There is nothing to indicate at this point this tragic case was a hate crime. "Nothing indicates it was motivated by race or religion" after it was determined to be a road rage incident, people are still attempting to politicizing the tragedy.

"It appears suspect became so enraged in this traffic argument it escalated into deadly violence", Parker explained.

Many outside observers remain deeply skeptical. "Why was he running behind the kids wearing Islamic clothes with a baseball stick?" Police said Torres became enraged while driving past a large group of Muslim teens, who perhaps had been walking in the roadway, and got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat.

They were making their way back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, some walking and some riding bikes, when the suspect drove up to the group and began to argue with a male teen, Parker said.

The killing has put the local Muslim community on edge. Police did not describe the second assault. According to her autopsy, Hassanen suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body, police said.

Two boys in the group told the AP they didn't see anything that would make them think the attack was a hate crime, and that they even originally thought it might be a friend playing a joke.

Shortly after the incident went viral because it involved a Muslim teenager being killed, BuzzFeed reported police claimed there was no evidence of the incident being a hate crime.

ICE lodges detainers on aliens arrested on criminal charges who can be removed from the U.S. if they entered the country illegally, or violated their legal immigration status. "For what?" Mohmoud Hassanen said. His daughter is gone, regardless.

While detectives believe the remains are those of the missing 17-year-old, a medical examiner has yet to confirm that, according to Fairfax police.

"It's really shaken up the entire American Muslim community", says Iftikhar, the author of "Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms".

ADAMS is one of the largest mosques in the country and is particularly busy during Ramadan. Muslims are now observing the holy month of Ramadan, a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. No need to remember your password or log in, just click. Police did not yet confirm how Hassanen died but police have arrested and charged a man linked to her death, identified as 22-year-old Darwin A. Martinez Torres.

James Ware with the Fairfax County Office of the Public Defender declined to provide the name of Torres' court-appointed attorney and added he had "no comment" on the Torres case.


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