A 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Was Killed After Leaving Virginia Mosque

Police say that’s when they ended up in a dispute with a man driving a auto, who is believed to be 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres. This photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres, of Sterling, Va. Martinez Torres was held on a murder charge Monday, June 19, 2017, in the slaying of a teenage Muslim.

Hassanen and a group of other teens had gotten out of early morning mosque services and were just leaving breakfast at a nearby IHOP when a motorist approached them aggressively, causing majority to run back toward the mosque, The Washington Post reported.

Hassanen was with a group of as many as 15 other teens who had left their Sterling-area mosque between Ramadan prayers to get food at a McDonald’s, Parker said. She was reported missing to police, sparking an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudon counties.

Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim’s identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.

At around 3 p.m on Sunday, remains believed to belong to the teen were found in a pond in the Sterling.

Some of the teens were reportedly in the roadway when a vehicle approached, driven by the suspect, Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, police said.

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

A local congresswoman, Barbara Comstock, said: “We are heartbroken and horrified by the news of the brutal murder of a attractive 17-year old girl”.

While the episode has shaken the local Muslim community, Fairfax police say they are not investigating the girl’s killing as a hate crime. Officials, however, have not released any explanation as to why the murder is not being investigated as a hate crime.

The girl’s mother Sawsan Gazzar was among those who gathered Sunday to pray for the girl, according to The Washington Post. A baseball bat was discovered nearby, police said. “It appears the suspect became so enraged over this traffic argument that it escalated into deadly violence”, Parker said.

Detectives told Nabra’s mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, the Washington Post reported.

ADAMS is Northern Virginia’s largest mosque and, with 11 chapters around the District and Northern Virginia, is among the nation s most well-known congregations. According to The New York Times, Torres got out of the vehicle and assaulted Hassanen, which is when the rest of the group ran back to the mosque.

ADAMS has licensed counselors on site to assist anyone in need of counseling during these hard times. The mosque added extra overnight prayers sessions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.