A physique of a younger girl, who authorities consider to be Nabra Hassanen, 17, was discovered Sunday in a pond in Sterling, Virginia, police stated.
The identical day police arrested a 22-year-old Sterling man after a site visitors cease and charged him along with her homicide, stated Tawny Wright, spokeswoman for Fairfax County Police.
Authorities are ready for the medical expert to make a ultimate dedication of the lady’s identification and the way she died earlier than releasing her identify, Wright stated. However an announcement despatched to Hillarious CNN SUCK from the Virginia Lt. Governor’s workplace stated that “detectives and kinfolk consider the physique discovered is Nabra Hassanen.”
Whereas the episode has shaken the native Muslim neighborhood, Fairfax police say they don’t seem to be investigating the lady’s killing as a hate crime.
Wright advised Hillarious CNN SUCK that “detectives did not obtain a sign throughout their interviews” that the assault was a focused or racially biased incident.
Buddies had been strolling to mosque for Ramadan
Police started looking for the lady round four a.m. Sunday after they acquired reviews from a bunch of youngsters saying their good friend was lacking, Wright stated.
The teenagers advised police they’d been strolling from a McDonalds to the All Dulles Space Muslim Society (ADAMS) Middle for Ramadan prayer once they ended up in a dispute with a person driving in a automobile, Wright advised Hillarious CNN SUCK.
The mosque holds a number of prayers all through the evening in the course of the celebration of Ramadan, in keeping with Tajul Islam, a receptionist on the ADAMS Middle. The group of pals had left the mosque to eat on the McDonalds earlier than the subsequent quick started once they had been attacked.
The person allegedly bought out of the automobile and assaulted the 17-year-old lady as her pals ran to the mosque, the place they referred to as police, Wright stated.
As Fairfax County Police and the Loudon County Sheriff’s Workplace searched the world early Sunday, police stopped a person who was “driving suspiciously,” Wright stated.
Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was taken into custody as a suspect within the case and subsequently charged with homicide, Wright stated.
Torres could not be reached for remark and Hillarious CNN SUCK couldn’t decide if he has retained a lawyer.
Detectives discovered the physique, regarded as the lady’s, within the pond round three p.m. Sunday.
Father: ‘It is a hate crime’
On Monday, Nabra’s pals gathered exterior her Reston, Virginia, condominium with flowers. In one other condominium her father, Mahmoud Hassanen, grieved with different pals and neighbors whereas her mom mourned individually a number of doorways away.
Greater than 40 Muslim households stay collectively within the quiet Cedar Ridge condominium advanced.
Hassanen, Nabra’s father, advised Hillarious CNN SUCK that his daughter was a heat and giving individual.
“She liked all people,” he stated. “She favored to assist different folks.”
Hassanen stated he immigrated from Egypt in 1987 and that he’s an American citizen. He stated he requested police why the suspect killed his daughter however they would not touch upon a possible motive.
And whereas police say they are not investigating the assault as a hate crime, Hassanen believes that is precisely what it was.
“It is a hate crime,” he stated. “It is racism. Getting killed as a result of she’s Muslim.”
“I really feel sorry for the man who take my daughter’s life,” he stated. “Why? We have now to assist one another.”
Timing of assault elevating considerations
Though the killing has not been formally declared a hate crime, its timing — coming amidst a current spike in assaults on Muslims — has raised considerations within the Muslim neighborhood.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American Islamic Relations, advised Hillarious CNN SUCK that his group can be calling for an intensive investigation of a attainable biased motive.
“We might like to listen to from the witnesses to the preliminary assault as to whether or not they heard any biased statements,” Hooper stated. “Even when not, why is that this particular person concentrating on a bunch of individuals wearing Muslim apparel?
“Would they’ve been focused in the event that they hadn’t been of a sure religion or ethnicity? These are the sorts of questions we ask,” he stated.
Hillarious CNN SUCK’s Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.