Authorities: Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested

Posted June 21, 2017

Instead, they said, she was killed because of the quickly escalating temper of the assailant, who police say is 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling.

After hours of searching, the police found Hussein's remains in a pond near Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Virginia.

She said there was some unspecified "exchange of words" between the girl and Torres leading up to the attack. Police said she was 17, while the county prosecutor's office said she was 16, the Post reported. Police arrested Darwin A. Torres on charges of assault and murder of the young Muslim woman.

Nabra Hassanen's body was found in a pond Sunday afternoon, hours after she and a group of friends who had been praying all night at the mosque, went for breakfast at an IHOP and were confronted by a man while walking back around 4 a.m.

Then the auto hopped the curb, they perceived hostile intent and they began to run.

A Muslim teenager is missing and believed dead after she was abducted by a man as she and her friends were walking to a suburban Virginia mosque for Ramadan prayers, police said.

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A United States man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said.

Although the killing has not been officially declared a hate crime, its timing - coming amidst a recent spike in attacks on Muslims - has raised concerns in the Muslim community. His daughter is gone, regardless.

More than 40 Muslim families live together in the quiet Cedar Ridge apartment complex. As they walked together, a vehicle pulled up to the group with a lone driver inside who confronted them causing all of them to disperse leaving Hassenen behind.

WRC-TV in Washington reported that when the man got out of his auto, the girls ran away and didn't realize until later that the victim wasn't with them. The ADAMS Center started employing a paid security guard after six people were killed at a Quebec mosque earlier this year, according to Arsalan Iftikhar, a lawyer who was at the ADAMS Center early Sunday morning. The boys declined to give their names.

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. ADAMS co-chair Shoyeb Hassan told the Post it's common for members of ADAMS to eat at the nearby IHOP or McDonald's before sunrise, when the daily fast begins.

Torres of Sterling was charged with murder, and a judge ordered at a court appearance Monday that he be held without bond.

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A spokesperson for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the outlet on Monday that it had lodged a detainer request against him following his arrest. "While the police work to uncover the motive, the fact remains that any violent murder is a senseless and hateful act".

"What investigators told the father and the mother, he hit her in the head and put her in the auto and he threw her in the water", family friend and spokesperson Abas Sherif told WRC-TV.

"Based on the information our detectives have at this point, there is no indication that this was a hate-bias motivated-related crime", said a police statement. "But the truth is, Nabra could've been attacked at any time of the day", Chaudry said.

Contributors include Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond.

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