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    VA - Nabra Hassanen, 17, killed on way home from Sterling mosque, 18 June 2017

    From the Guardian:

    Muslim girl, 17, killed on way home from Virginia mosque

    A Muslim teenager was assaulted and killed in the early hours of Sunday as she walked home after prayers at a mosque near Washington.

    The death of Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, northern Virginia, stunned the local community. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with her murder.

    A potential hate crime is one of the possible motives under investigation, the Washington Post reported.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...irginia-mosque
    And from WaPo:

    The girl’s mother said detectives told her that Nabra was struck with a metal bat.
    Relatives identified the victims as Nabra Hassanen, right:



    Suspect Darwin Martinez Torres has been charged with murder:

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    This is so sad. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.3258677

    "The teen reportedly had breakfast with a group of friends at a nearby IHOP restaurant after spending the night praying at a mosque in Sterling, according to the Washington Post.

    The teen’s friends said they were confronted by a motorist while walking back from breakfast. She was reportedly left behind as the others ran back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society around 4 a.m."

    I don't understand why the group of teens left their friend though? Did they not realize she wasn't following them? When did they notice?

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    This story does not make sense to me. Why on earth would her friends leave her there?

    By any chance could Nabra have known the suspect and the friends thought naively that she would be ok and that they were just arguing?

    Or did the friends use a cell phone to call 911 on the run back to Dulles Area Muslim Society?

    How many friends fled?

    Poor Nabra. What a beautiful, young soul.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.d843892cce48

    Gazzar loaned her daughter an abaya to wear to the mosque Saturday night, since Nabra didn’t typically wear traditional Muslim clothes. She heard from a detective that when the man in the car started shouting at the teens, Nabra tripped over the long garment and fell to the ground, just before she was struck.

    “I think it had to do with the way she was dressed and the fact that she’s Muslim,” Gazzar said. “Why would you kill a kid? What did my daughter do to deserve this?”
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    From the local Reston paper:
    https://patch.com/virginia/ashburn/n...-be-found-dead

    Nabra Hassanen, Muslim Girl Killed In Northern Virginia, Was A Victim Of Road Rage: Police

    Fairfax County Police now say that road rage was behind the attack: "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. Our investigation at this point in no way indicates the victim was targeted because of her race or religion."

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    VA - Nabra Hassanen, 17, killed on way home from Sterling mosque, 18 June 2017

    "Road rage. Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself," tweeted attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist who lives in the Washington suburbs.
    . . .
    Two boys in their group who spoke with The AP after paying condolences to the family on Monday said they didn't witness anything to make them think it was a hate crime. They said that when the car pulled up beside them and slowed down, they thought the driver might even be a friend, playing a joke.

    Then the car hopped the curb, they perceived hostile intent and they began to run. The group of more than a dozen kids did not immediately realize Hassanen was missing. Once they did, they told security officials at the mosque, who contacted police.

    http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireSto...ested-48132702


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    VA - Nabra Hassanen, 17, killed on way home from Sterling mosque, 18 June 2017

    "What investigators told the father and the mother, he hit her in the head and put her in the car and he threw her in the water."

    . . .

    [Nabra's father] immigrated from southern Egypt and has three younger daughters, who like Nabra were born in the U.S. He's not particularly interested in knowing why his daughter was attacked or whether it could be considered a hate crime. His daughter is gone, regardless.

    "My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter ... Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hispanic, whatever," he said, surrounded by more than a dozen friends and family in his apartment.

    http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireSto...ested-48132702


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    Quote Originally Posted by BeesInMyBonnet View Post
    [Nabra's father] immigrated from southern Egypt .... "My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter ... Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hispanic, whatever," he said, surrounded by more than a dozen friends and family in his apartment.

    http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireSto...ested-48132702


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    SBM: Wow, what an amazing man to have the wherewithal to think that at such a tragic time in his own life.

    IMO way too soon to draw the conclusion that this was merely road rage. Sorry for you, beautiful girl.
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    awful, awful, awful

    can't wait to see him go to prison for life

    fly with the angels sweet Nabra

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzPistonsGirl View Post
    SBM: Wow, what an amazing man to have the wherewithal to think that at such a tragic time in his own life.

    IMO way too soon to draw the conclusion that this was merely road rage. Sorry for you, beautiful girl.
    Agreed.

    So sorry for you, Nabra. RIP


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    The worst headline I have seen in a long, long time. This is unspeakable. I am shaking with anger and crying at the same time. What hate and ignorance.

    17-year-old Muslim girl kidnapped and beaten to death in Virginia after leaving a mosque

    By Leslie Salzillo

    Monday Jun 19, 2017 · 2:48 AM EST

    A tragic attack took place over the weekend during the Ramadan Muslim holiday, after a man jumped out of his car with a baseball bat and began swinging at a group of girls who had just left a mosque about to begin their sunrise fast . One of girls was 17-year-old known as Nabra who was reported missing hours later. Her beaten body was found Sunday afternoon in a nearby pond. The police arrested 22-yearold Darwin Martinez Torres and charged him with the murder.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6...tail=emaildkre
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    I'm trying to imagine how kids walking along the street could enrage someone to the point of brutally murdering a teenage girl with a baseball bat, and just can't

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    how was this suspect connected so quickly? I thought I had read everything but I must have missed it. going back to re-read now.

    ETA: Sounds like he went back to the scene the next morning and was pulled over then and admitted it. Sorry if I missed this. What class this family and her community have right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacct View Post
    From the local Reston paper:
    https://patch.com/virginia/ashburn/n...-be-found-dead

    Nabra Hassanen, Muslim Girl Killed In Northern Virginia, Was A Victim Of Road Rage: Police

    Fairfax County Police now say that road rage was behind the attack: "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. Our investigation at this point in no way indicates the victim was targeted because of her race or religion."
    Just jumping off you jacct. LE said yesterday during their presser that it had nothing to do with her race/religion etc and was not a hate crime. I find it very disturbing that any of the media reported it as possibly being as such. I was watching it live from the news and as soon as the police said that the news cut away and went back to the regular news... not kidding. MSM is a joke sometimes. imo
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    In reply to AZ girl who asked how the suspect was connected with the crime:
    He was repeatedly driving slowly past a search site, and so police pulled him over. They removed "evidence" from his car. Looking for a link now, but I have read that in multiple reliable sources. This is just down the street from me and she went to school where my kids went, so I'm following closely. Her family lived less than a mile from me. So sad. The school she attended, South Lakes, is a fabulous school-very diverse, challenging, lots of school spirit.
    Reston is also very diverse, but not much racial or religious animosity. Very cosmopolitan, for lack of a better term. The community is quite shaken by this.
    Last edited by kareylou; 06-19-2017 at 07:36 PM.

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