Muslims question whether girl's killing was road rage

Muslim girl abducted outside US mosque found murdered in Virginia

Muslim girl abducted outside US mosque found murdered in Virginia

An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the upper body, Parker said.

He said in an interview Tuesday that he created an image in honor of Nabra Hassanen, the 17-year-old Muslim girl who was slain over the weekend in northern Virginia. Martinez Torres, 22, has been charged with murder.

The Fairfax County Police Department said they believe the killing was sparked by a fight Martinez Torres got into with a teenage boy on a bike.

"It appears suspect became so enraged in this traffic argument it escalated into deadly violence", Parker explained.

"Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion".

During an intense search for the missing girl, an officer stopped a vehicle being driven suspiciously on Sunday and the driver, later identified as Martinez Torres was taken into custody, police said. But after this week's murder of a 17-year-old high school girl in Sterling, Virginia, it's also a time for mourning.

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"He killed her because she's a Muslim - this is what I tell the detective", Hassanen told the Washington Post. But many American Muslims are skeptical. Police say, however, this is unlikely.

Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and Muslim activist who lives in the Washington suburbs, ridiculed the notion it was road rage, saying on Twitter: "If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself".

"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment".

Members of the mosque said it was not uncommon for young people to go to the nearby McDonald's or IHOP to eat before the Ramadan fast resumed at daybreak. They say that her death "appears to be the result of a road rage incident". Some of the teenagers were in the road and Martinez began arguing with the boy on a bicycle as he was driving in his auto, Parker said.

Police reiterated during the news conference that the investigation so far has found no evidence that Nabra was targeted because her religion.

WRC-TV reported that Martinez 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.

Many express outrage over Virginia police's decision not to investigate murder of Muslim teenager as a hate crime. "Some were walking, some were on bikes, got into that argument with a boy on a bike, the group scattered". Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling has been charged with the girl's killing.

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The lack of a hate crime investigation provoked deep skepticism among some American Muslims.

Despite the police repeating again, "There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime". Virginia law, in part, defines a hate crime as any illegal act motivated by a person's race, religion or nationality.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group is partnering with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

Martinez Torres was held without bond following a brief arraignment Monday in Fairfax County juvenile court.

Police say Hassanen was returning to the mosque with a group of about 15 teenagers early Sunday during a break from Ramadan prayers when a driver approached them and began arguing with one of the boys. Police arrested Martinez Torres after one officer noticed him driving suspiciously in the area.

ICE said it has no record of Torres before his arrest, indicating that he never had any legal status in the U.S. and that he entered the country illegally.

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