Muslims question whether girl's killing was road rage

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, has been detained for the murder of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Virginia, after he allegedly "became so enraged" that he hit her with a baseball bat, the Fairfax County Police Department said Monday. Martinez Torres is being charged with murder. Police said there was no sign that Martinez used racial slurs during the attack.

Police say that Martinez Torres got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat to chase the group of youths, and that he struck Hassanen with the bat and then put her into his auto and drove off. "It appears the suspect became so enraged over this traffic argument that it escalated into deadly violence", Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Julie Parker said.

"Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion". Martinez Torres caught up with them in a nearby parking lot, got out of his auto armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group, she said.

While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

"ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States", Carissa Cutrell, a spokesperson for ICE, said in a statement.

Salaam said the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and well-known for her kind spirit.

Attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist, tweeted "Road rage".

"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment". "This incident was already being paired with the Finsbury Park Mosque attack in London as evidence of a wave of hatred against Muslims".

The teens scattered and most ran back to the mosque, but Nabra tripped on her traditional dress and fell. "For what?" Mohmoud Hassanen said.

The preliminary investigation reveals at about 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, a group of as many as 15 teenagers was walking and riding bikes on Dranesville Road.

"With regard to this case, I am confident justice will be served", she said at the news conference.

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Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Nabra and all the other girls in her group were wearing Muslim head coverings and loose Islamic robes when the driver approached.

Police say the girl and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in northern Virginia early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a vehicle. He says they spoke occasionally, when he asked Martinez Torres not to leave trash in the halls and stairwells.

He says that even though police aren't investigating her killing as a hate crime, it's generating concern among Muslims, and a feeling that "you have to watch your back".

Despite the police repeating again, "There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime". However, that did not stop people from finding a way to claim the incident was a hate crime and find ways to blame President Trump.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups planned vigils around the country Tuesday to honor Hassanen.

According to The Associated Press, he was arraigned Monday and will next appear in court July 19. Torres remains held without bond.

Parker said there was no indication the attack near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque early on Sunday was motivated by race or religion.

"The truth is that this young lady was murdered as a direct result of USA policy failures to enforce our existing immigration laws", Gheen said.

Neighbors who gathered in and outside the Hassanens' apartment Sunday night, both Muslim and Christian, described the teen as unusually respectful, calling older neighbors "sir" and "ma'am" and helping watch small children both at home and at the mosque.

Police reiterated Monday the slaying is not being investigated as a hate crime.

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