Police Say 'Road Rage' Led To Murder Of Muslim Girl In Virginia


Police have recovered the body of what they believe to be a 17-year-old Virginian girl who went missing on June 18. Martinez Torres has been charged with murder.

"There was no indication of any racial slurs or any back-and-forth other than a verbal argument", Lt. Bryan Holland said. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said.

She added that there was no sign that Martinez used racial slurs as he chased the group of teens into a vehicle park, emerged from his auto with a baseball bat and struck Hassanen before loading her into a auto and dumping her body in a pond in a neighbouring town. "It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence".

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

The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside of Washington in observance of the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said Torres will be "afforded all legal processes". But after this week's murder of a 17-year-old high school girl in Sterling, Virginia, it's also a time for mourning.

Hooper, the CAIR spokesman, compared Nabra's killing to a North Carolina case in which three Muslim college students were shot and killed in 2015.

Police tell PEOPLE there is no evidence that points to a hate crime. Hassanen's friends ran back to the mosque and reported that Hassanen had been left behind, according to the Washington Post.

Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and Muslim activist who lives in the Washington suburbs, ridiculed the notion it was road rage, saying on Twitter: "If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself".

A neighbor, who also refused to give her name, said in Spanish that Torres had been living there for at least two years and that he and his wife had a 4-year-old daughter. ADAMS is one of the largest mosques in the country and is particularly busy during Ramadan.

Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said.

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According to the AP, the victim's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras, said the motive behind his daughter's death is of no interest to him.

Joshua Salaam of the ADAMS Center said at a press conference Tuesday that police "have given us complete confidence". Her body was found hours later in a nearby pond.

According to Fairfax County Police, an investigation determined she was walking with friends and got into a dispute with a man driving a auto, who exited his vehicle and assaulted the victim. "Some were walking, some were on bikes, got into that argument with a boy on a bike, the group scattered".

The lack of a hate crime investigation provoked deep skepticism among some American Muslims.

Most hate-crime cases are handled by state prosecutors, and typically carry stiffer penalties than crimes charged without a bias component. Virginia law, in part, defines a hate crime as any illegal act motivated by a person's race, religion or nationality.

Martinez Torres was held without bond following a brief arraignment Monday in Fairfax County juvenile court.

Nabra Hassanen was murdered while walking with a group of fellow Muslims on their way to a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, Sunday.

Neighbors who gathered in and outside the Hassanens' apartment Sunday night, both Muslim and Christian, described the teen as unusually respectful, calling older neighbors "sir" and "ma'am" and helping watch small children both at home and at the mosque.

Robert Spencer, author of the Jihad Watch blog, noted the incident was already being paired by CAIR with the Finsbury Park attack in the United Kingdom as examples of anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise.