Father of slain US Muslim teen urges love

A memorial for Hassanen was set up at the Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.

Detectives told Nabra's mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, The Washington Post reported. They said Martinez Torres beat Hassanen as her friends scattered, then put her in his vehicle, assaulted her again and dumped her body. "It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth", a statement by the ADAMS center said.

"We have people who may feel this is a hate crime, and we're dealing with that", he said.

Hassanen's beaten body was found in a Virginia pond Sunday afternoon.

Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said Tuesday that the criminal case against the suspect would remain in Fairfax and did not rule out pursuing hate crime charges if fresh evidence pointed in that direction.

"We don't want any motives being excluded from the investigation if there is probable cause", she said.

When asked if Hassanen was raped at a press conference on Monday, Fairfax County Police Department Lt. Col. Deputy Chief of Police Tom Ryan said, "There was an assault that occurred in Fairfax County and we had another assault that occurred in Loudoun County".

Torres is being held in Fairfax County jail. Virginia law defines these, in part, as crimes that try to intimidate or instill fear in people targeted for their race or religion.

Some wearing Islamic robes, others in street clothes, they left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach her mosque.

Police have said her beating death appears to be a case of road rage, but many outside observers are skeptical, especially Muslims who say the case looks much like a hate crime. Torres was so overwhelmed with anger and apparently the "road rage" made him do it-made him kill Hassanen, a 17-year old black girl who wore a headscarf that identified her as a Muslim.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Hassanen.

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, is now being held on a second-degree murder charge.

Police said the argument escalated and Torres pulled over, chased the group with a baseball bat and attacked Nabra. His public defender, Dawn Butorac, declined to comment. A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of the girl, who wa.

"This is a hate crime", Mahmoud Hassanen said.

Those school days watching everyone eating in the busy lunchroom while she and Nabra and their other Muslim friends fasted were tough. Retzer says she offered condolences and says Nabra will be greatly missed. "Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself". "We lost a 17-year-old innocent girl who was loved by so many", said Misha Yasar, who worships at ADAMS and attended the funeral with her husband.

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. That usually happens to people who are arrested and believed to be in the country illegally or have violated the terms of their legal status.

Associated Press reporters Alanna Durkin Richer and Sarah Rankin contributed to this report from Richmond. The attack on Hassanen came as she was on her way to a mosque for Ramadan.

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