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Vandals set fire to memorial to slain Virginia teen Nabra Hassanen

Fairfax County police said Monday that they had turned up no slurs or other evidence that Martinez Torres was motivated to kill Nabra because of her religion.Earlier this week 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres was arrested as Hassanen’s suspected killer.(Mohammad Alsalti via AP). The young graphic artist says Hassanen’s slaying hit close to home.Torres has a girlfriend and a 4-year-old son and works in construction, according to the Washington Post.Hassanen’s body was found in a pond.Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, is being held on a second-degree murder charge.”It appears that the suspect became so enraged over this traffic argument that it escalated into deadly violence”, Fairfax County police spokesperson Julie Parker said at a news conference on Monday. Police said they could file appropriate charges if they later find the crime was motivated by hate.That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a hate crime.He said his daughter “loved everybody”.Asked whether detectives believe Hassanen was sexually assaulted before her death – as some news reports have speculated – Wright said that possibility would be included in the all-encompassing investigation. The responding unit extinguished the small blaze and requested investigators determine the cause and origin, according to Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.”She was innocent”, he said. The teens scattered, but, police said, the suspect caught up with them in a nearby parking lot, got out of his vehicle and allegedly chased after them with a baseball bat. His public defender’s office has declined to comment.”We’ll be working with law enforcement to see if there was any bias to this action, or if it was just a random act”, Hooper said from Hassanen’s funeral on Wednesday, where an estimated 5,000 people paid their respects.Nabra Hassanen, 17, was remembered as a shining example of kindness and openness during the services. “Why? We have to help each other, Muslim, Christian, Jew”.”Where is Nabra?” she keeps asking, Mohmoud said during an emotional interview.Hassanen, 17, was attacked when she was walking home with her friends after spending the night in prayer at her mosque for Ramadan early Sunday morning. He said the teen’s death has prompted the entire community to rally and that the Muslim community is not alone in its grief. “And even when they be outside in restaurant she try to pay for the all friends …””Because she is a Muslim”, Mahmoud Hassanen said.Thousands of mourners attended Wednesday’s funeral of a 17-year-old Muslim girl whose beating death, blamed by police on a motorist’s road rage, has some people in her community fearing for their safety. The college student is from the same area in Egypt that Nabra’s family is from, and said she attended because the teen was “one of us”.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”.Police in Virginia are continuing to investigate Sunday’s fatal attack.Fairfax Police say Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. met personally with Imam Mohamed Magid and other leaders of the girl’s mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, and assured them that his department “will continue to diligently investigate the case”.- Noura Erakat (@4noura) June 21, 2017Hell is empty, all the devils are here.Police have consistently said the incident was a case of road rage, but many activists have said they believe Hassanen was targeted because of her Muslim faith. Then, they say, he put her in his auto, assaulted her again and dumped her body. A vigil also is planned for Wednesday in Hassanen’s hometown of Reston, Virginia.Torres has been charged with murder.