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 wh.
During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said.
Police say it appears that Martinez Torres was "so enraged over the traffic dispute that it escalated into deadly violence".
And her mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, announced plans for her funeral Wednesday and encouraged people to come together and "respond to bad with good". Witnesses say Torres caught up with them a short time later in a nearby parking lot and got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group.
He has no prior encounters with ICE, Cutrell added. If Torres had a pending application for legal status, ICE would have a record of it, an immigration official told BuzzFeed News. The girl's mother told the Post that detectives said Hassanen had been struck with a metal bat.
Nabra's body was found in a pond Sunday afternoon based on leads that police have not detailed.
Iftikhar says Hassanen and her friends were "visibly Muslim", meaning that they were wearing headscarves and abayas, which are long, traditional dresses that made them easily identifiable as Muslims.
If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself.
"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment".
In a viral news incident that was perfectly crafted for an "Islamophobia in the time of Trump" pitch, news sources reported 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was killed while walking to a mosque for Ramadan services.
"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter", he said, according to the AP.
When prayers ended at the mosque, Nabra and her friends went to a nearby IHOP to eat one last time before fasting for the day and then started to walk home.
The preliminary investigation reveals at about 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, a group of as many as 15 teenagers was walking and riding bikes on Dranesville Road.
Police reiterated during the news conference that the investigation so far has found no evidence that Nabra was targeted because her religion. Her body was later found in a pond.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking custody of the Salvadoran man who is accused of murdering a 17-year-old Muslim girl near a Virginia mosque this weekend, officials said. Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling has been charged with the girl's killing.
Islamic leaders are questioning Virginia detectives' insistence that the beating death of a teenage Muslim girl appears to have been a case of road rage, saying the attack looks all too much like a hate crime.
Authorities in Fairfax County said there's no evidence the killing was a hate crime. However, that did not stop people from finding a way to claim the incident was a hate crime and find ways to blame President Trump.
A chaplain at the mosque where a slain teen worshipped says members have faith in the police investigation of the fatal attack. 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 auto.
ICE said it has no record of Torres before his arrest, indicating that he never had any legal status in the USA and that he entered the country illegally.
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.