ADL urges hate crime probe in Virginia killing of Muslim girl

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

The murder of a Virginia teenager who went missing after leaving a mosque early Sunday morning will not be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday. "Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself".

Hassanen's death comes amidst a surge of anti-Muslim crimes-the very same day a terror attack took place outside a London mosque, where a van plowed into a group of pedestrians.

Chaudry, who lives in the Washington suburbs, says the crime has prompted her to forbid her 20-year-old daughter from going out in the middle of the night without a parent. The girl, identified as Nabra Hussein of Reston, was walking back with friends after having an early morning Ramazan meal at a local 24-hour restaurant when a motorist in a auto started shouting insults at them yesterday. They had left The ADAMS Center and were walking toward a shopping center to get food when Torres, who was driving in a vehicle, got out and confronted them, police said.

According to authorities, that was not the motive of her attacker, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, road rage was.

At one point, the motorist got out of his auto and assaulted the teen, police said.

A Virginia man was jailed after he was seen arguing near a mosque in Sterling with a Muslim teenager who was later found dead in a pond. Torres was questioned near the scene of the attack and led officers several miles away to a retention pond across the street from his apartment complex where a female body, believed to be the girl's, was found at about 3 p.m. Sunday. Washington reports that he appeared in court Monday and has been charged with murder.

A Muslim girl died Sunday in Virginia after what appears to be a road rage incident, police investigators said Monday.

Police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said the girl had been walking with friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a auto early Sunday.

Last month, two men were fatally stabbed in Portland, Oregon as they intervened to stop a man hurling anti-Muslim slurs at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

During an intense search for the missing girl, an officer stopped a auto being driven suspiciously on Sunday and the driver, later identified as Martinez Torres was taken into custody, police said. The man assaulted her and she became separated from her friends. 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.

"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", the mosque said in a statement. "It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth", the ADAMS Center said in a statement.

The center said it would have licensed counselors on site Monday to help the community cope with the loss. 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.

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