Killing Of Muslim Teen Was Road Rage, Not A Hate Crime, Police Say
The brutal murder of a 17-year-old Muslim girl that has rocked the country and had sparked cries for justice on social media is being investigated as road rage and not as a hate crime, Fairfax County police said Monday.
Darwin A. Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old resident of Sterling, VA, was charged on Monday with assaulting and ultimately killing Nabra Hassanen with a baseball bat as she walked with friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center early Sunday after overnight Ramadan prayers.
Hassanen was one of several teenagers returning to the mosque in Sterling in the early hours of Monday morning after grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant, according to investigators. Martinez Torres drove past the group of as many as 15 teenagers ― some were walking, some were riding bicycles ― and got into an argument with a boy riding a bike in the roadway. As the altercation escalated, police said, Torrez drove onto the curb, scattering the teenagers, and followed them to a nearby parking lot.
Police said the driver got out of his car with a baseball bat, chased Hassanen on foot and hit her with the bat. He took her in his car “to a second location” in nearby Loudon County, police said.
Hassanen’s body was later found in a pond. Medical examiners said the teen died of blunt force trauma to her head and neck.
Amid widespread speculation that the killing was a hate crime, including from the girls’ parents and many on social media, police said there was no indication of racial slurs or any […]