On Sunday the Virginia Police found the remains of a 17-year-old girl who went missing after coming out of her mosque early Sunday, her name was Nabra Hassanen. Fairfax County police identified the man charged with her murder as Darwin Martinez Torres. At this moment the murder is not being investigated as a hate crime.
Nabra and her friends were going out to get something to eat before they started their fast at sunrise. On their way back from returning, they were confronted by someone on a motorbike. All of them managed to escape into the mosque, except Nabra. After that, police went on a mass search to find her for hours. Hours later they found the remains of a body in a pond, which they presumed to be her. She was hit with a metal bat and killed. They found the motorist driving suspiciously around the area and arrested the 22-year-old man.
Her death struck the community. A tight-knit one where the Hassanen family’s home was a hub for happiness and joy. Nabra was not the most religious, but she enjoyed spending time with her friends at the mosque. It is very sad to hear that, the whole community feels the attacks in their hearts as if it were meant for all of them.
“We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event,” Rizwan Jaka, chairman of ADAMS, said in a statement. “It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth.”
ADAMS is the largest mosque in Northern Virginia and is one of the nation’s most known congregations with 11 chapters in the DMV area. Many in the area are now concerned as attacks on Muslims both in the U.S. and abroad rises. We’ll continue t update this story as more info comes in.
Source: Washington Post