This undated image provided by the Hassanen family shows Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Va. Police in Fairfax, Va., said Monday, June 19, 2017, that "road rage" was to blame for the slaying of a 17-year-old muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers this weekend.
On Sunday, June 18th 2017, at approximately 4 a.m., according to Fairfax County Police, a dispute occurred between a group of teens who were walking along Dranesville Road in Sterling and a man driving a vehicle.
Female remains were found in a pond around 3 p.m.in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Virginia.
Police spokesperson, Tawny Wright, said: "Our detectives are fairly certain that it is her, but the Chief Medical Examiner still needs to conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity". Martinez Torres, meanwhile, was stopped by police when "one officer saw a auto driving suspiciously in the area and stopped it".
The girl's name has not been released, but a close family friend told News4 the victim's name is Nabra.
"For what happened, and how she is, I don't think she deserved to die like that", Gribi said. "It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth". He was subsequently charged with murder. Observant Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, and since Ramadan this year overlaps with the summer solstice, and sunrise occurs well before 6 a.m., some Muslims will eat large meals in predawn hours.
Podcaster Makkah Ali wrote a thread on Twitter describing her own experiences of feeling targeted as a Muslim woman and the fear many are feeling in the wake of Hassanen's attack. Police stopped the vehicle and took the driver, Torres, into custody.
Friends and worshipers at the mosque, known as the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, identified the teen as Hassanen, from Reston, who had disappeared for several hours Sunday. However, in the police statement, authorities said they are confident the body belongs to the teen.
"Please pray for me, please pray for me", Nabra's mother, Sawsan Gazzar, told the Washington Post.
The Fairfax County police declined to explain why they were not investigating the death as a hate crime.
We are NOT investigating this murder as a hate crime.
Nabra, a rising high school junior, was not particularly religious and did not usually wear Muslim dress, according to her mother, who lent Nabra an abaya to wear to the mosque Saturday night. "This case should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".