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Road rage suspected in Muslim Va. teen's death

20 June 2017

The murder of Nabra Hassanen, right, may have been a hate crime, police say.

Police said they arrested Torres after a search.

Police said that around 4 a.m., Hassanen got into a fight with a man in a auto, suspected to be Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, who is accused of then getting out of the vehicle to attack the teen. Wright said he was to appear in court Monday. Martinez got out of the auto and assaulted the girl, police said. He is originally from El Salvador and had no prior encounters with ICE, a spokeswoman said. The driver, identified as Torres, was arrested as a suspect in Hassanen's disappearance.

Police blamed "road rage" on Monday for the killing of a teenage Muslim girl who was attacked by a driver while walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend.

A awful murder of a Muslim teenager inspired many on the left to blame President Trump and Islamophobia, but the narrative collapsed when more was learned about the murderer captured by police. "Witnesses say that Torres caught up with the group a short time later in a nearby parking lot and got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat".

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — What was supposed to be a morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was fatally attacked as she headed back to a Virginia mosque after enjoying a pre-dawn meal with friends.

"Road rage. Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself", tweeted lawyer Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist who lives in the Washington suburbs. These and other incidents weigh on the minds of those mourning the death of Hassanen as the investigation continues but isn't being categorized as a hate crime.

"I'm sure the guy hit my daughter because she's Muslim and she was wearing the hijab", Gazzar told the Post". They say she was praying at the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) center and left with a friends to get food when the incident happened.

The girl's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras, of Reston, said his daughter was a friend to everyone.

"There is nothing to indicate at this point this tragic case was a hate crime", according to a police statement.

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Hassanen, who was not very religiously observant, did not normally wear traditional Muslim clothes, her mother said, but had borrowed an abaya from her mom to wear during Ramadan.

Nabra was abducted in Virginia while returning home from her mosque Sunday, and police later found a body that they believe to be hers. He was charged with the murder Monday, but one key detail about the man is undoing their attempt to blame the killing on Trump.

Police announced they are not now investigating the girl's death as a hate crime, according to ABC News.

So far, Gotthardt says, they've found no indication of a link "between the victim's faith or religious beliefs or the mosque and the crime itself".

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