Salaam said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit.
Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, say the murder of a 17-year-old Muslim girl on Sunday was a case of road rage, not a hate crime. A Hassanen family spokesman said all the girls in the group were wearing Muslim headscarves and robes.
A morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen left her mosque with friends for a pre-dawn meal and was attacked with a baseball bat. He then "simply caught up with Nabra", striking her with the bat and then forcing her into his auto, police said in a press conference on Monday night. The search continued for Nabra throughout the day Sunday, until, Wright said, police developed information that Nabra's body was in a man-made pond near Martinez Torres's apartment building.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 19 in Fairfax County. Road rage, and not a hate crime, was the alleged motive behind the murder, police said.
At a news conference Monday evening, when asked if Hassanen had been sexually assaulted, Fairfax County Police Lt. Bryan Holland responded that "there was an assault that occurred in Fairfax County and we had another assault that occurred in Loudoun [County]".
The incident began between 2 and 3 a.m., when a group of four or five teens left the ADAMS Center during an overnight gathering to get that late-night meal, family members and police said. While running away, Hassanen tripped, which allowed Torres to catch up to her and strike her in the head, according to witnesses.
Nothing. There is not a single thing Nabra Hassanen did to deserve what happened to her. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was charged with murder on Monday following the Sunday death of Hassanen. She said through the closed door in Spanish that the wife and child moved out after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres was arrested.
Police believe one teen on a bike began arguing with Martinez Torres as he approached the group in his auto.
Torres later was taken into custody at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday by a Fairfax County Police Department patrol officer who noticed what he believed to be the involved vehicle.
Chaudry, who lives in the Washington suburbs, says the crime has prompted her to forbid her 20-year-old daughter from going out in the middle of the night without a parent. For what? We don't know this guy. "It appears the suspect became so enraged over this traffic argument that it escalated into deadly violence", Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Julie Parker said. We don't hate anybody because of religion or color. "The Muslim community should know that we stand united with them during this extremely hard time".
An aunt who was at the court but declined to give her name said Martinez Torres's family is shocked and mystified about the charges against him.
"We understand there has been a lot of misinformation in the case", Parker said.
A vigil has also been slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anne Plaza. He is a Salvadoran, a construction worker, and has a four-year-old son and a girlfriend.
Torres caught Nabra and struck her with the bat, according to the statement.
"I can't believe it", the aunt said.
Martinez Torres, a citizen of El Salvador, is being held without bail on a murder charge.
If Torres was an "Islamophobe" motivated by a hatred for Muslims, that only goes to show that Third Worlders are less tolerant than Americans and should not be brought here in large numbers with questionable, if any, vetting, said Corcoran. They said that when the vehicle pulled up beside them and slowed down, they thought at first that the driver might even be a friend, playing a joke. "And it wasn't just Muslim youth" but the broader Reston community that she was connected to, he said.
"I don't have no answer", he said.