A body of a girl, who authorities think to be Nabra Hassanen, 17, was discovered Sunday in a pond in Sterling, Virginia, authorities stated.
The exact same day authorities jailed a 22- year-old Sterling male after a traffic stop and charged him with her murder, stated Tawny Wright, spokesperson for Fairfax County Authorities.
Authorities are waiting on the medical inspector to make a last decision of the lady’s identity and how she passed away prior to launching her name, Wright stated. However a declaration sent out to CNN from the Virginia Lt. Guv’s workplace stated that “investigators and loved ones think the body discovered is Nabra Hassanen.”
While the episode has actually shaken the regional Muslim neighborhood, Fairfax authorities state they are not examining the lady’s killing as a hate criminal activity.
Wright informed CNN that “investigators didn’t get a sign throughout their interviews” that the attack was a targeted or racially prejudiced occurrence.
Buddies were strolling to mosque for Ramadan
Authorities started looking for the lady around 4 a.m. Sunday after they got reports from a group of teens stating their pal was missing out on, Wright stated.
The teenagers informed authorities they ‘d been strolling from a McDonalds to the All Dulles Location Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center for Ramadan prayer when they wound up in a conflict with a male owning in a cars and truck, Wright informed CNN.
The mosque holds a number of prayers throughout the night throughout the event of Ramadan, inning accordance with Tajul Islam, a receptionist at the ADAMS Center. The group of good friends had actually left the mosque to consume at the McDonalds prior to the next quick started when they were assaulted.
The male supposedly left the vehicle and attacked the 17- year-old lady as her good friends went to the mosque, where they called authorities, Wright stated.
As Fairfax County Authorities and the Loudon County Constable’s Workplace browsed the location early Sunday, authorities stopped a male who was “owning suspiciously,” Wright stated.
Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was collared as a suspect in the event and consequently accuseded of murder, Wright stated.
Torres could not be grabbed remark and CNN might not figure out if he has actually maintained an attorney.
Investigators discovered the body, believed to be the lady’s, in the pond around 3 p.m. Sunday.
Dad: ‘This is a hate criminal activity’
On Monday, Nabra’s good friends collected outside her Reston, Virginia, home with flowers. In another home her dad, Mahmoud Hassanen, grieved with other good friends and next-door neighbors while her mom grieved individually a number of doors away.
More than 40 Muslim households cohabit in the peaceful Cedar Ridge apartment building.
Hassanen, Nabra’s dad, informed CNN that his child was a warm and offering individual.
” She liked everyone,” he stated. “She preferred to assist other individuals.”
Hassanen stated he immigrated from Egypt in 1987 which he is an American person. He stated he asked authorities why the suspect eliminated his child however they would not talk about a prospective intention.
And while authorities state they’re not examining the attack as a hate criminal activity, Hassanen thinks that’s precisely what it was.
” This is a hate criminal activity,” he stated. “It’s bigotry. Getting eliminated since she’s Muslim.”
” I sympathize with the person who take my child’s life,” he stated. “Why? We need to assist each other.”
Timing of attack raising issues
Although the killing has actually not been formally stated a hate criminal activity, its timing– coming in the middle of a current spike in attacks on Muslims– has actually raised issues in the Muslim neighborhood.
Ibrahim Hooper, representative for the Council on American Islamic Relations, informed CNN that his company will be requiring a comprehensive examination of a possible prejudiced intention.
” We wish to speak with the witnesses to the preliminary attack regarding whether they heard any prejudiced declarations,” Hooper stated. “Even if not, why is this private targeting a group of individuals worn Muslim outfit?
” Would they have been targeted if they had not been of a particular faith or ethnic culture? These are the sort of concerns we ask,” he stated.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett added to this report.