‘Road rage’ cited in killing of Mus­lim girl in Vir­ginia

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WORLD -

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.

The girl’s fa­ther, Mohmoud Has­sa­nen Ab­o­ras of Re­ston said he doesn’t un­der­stand how this could have hap­pened, be­cause he said his daugh­ter, 17-yearold Nabra Has­sa­nen, was a friend to ev­ery­one.

Po­lice charged 22-year-old Dar­win Martinez Tor­res with mur­der.

“This tragic case ap­pears to be the re­sult of a road rage in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the sus­pect, who was driv­ing and who is now charged with mur­der, and a group of teenagers who was walk­ing and rid­ing bikes in and along a road­way,” a Fair­fax Po­lice Depart­ment state­ment said.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion at this point in no way in­di­cates the vic­tim was tar­geted be­cause of her race or reli­gion,” po­lice added.

Po­lice have not iden­ti­fied Has­sa­nen, but her fa­ther con­firmed she was the vic­tim in Sun­day’s at­tack. An au­topsy was be­ing con­ducted on a body pulled from a pond in Loudon County that de­tec­tives be­lieve to be that of the 17-year-old Re­ston girl who dis­ap­peared on Sun­day, po­lice said.

Martinez Tor­res of Ster­ling was ar­raigned Mon­day in Fair­fax County Ju­ve­nile and Do­mes­tic Re­la­tions Court and or­dered held with­out bail pend­ing a July 19 court ap­pear­ance.

Fair­fax County Po­lice Spokesman Don Got­thardt told The As­so­ci­ated Press that while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains in its early stages and things could change, de­tec­tives have so far 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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