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Community to mourn Muslim teen attacked near Virginia mosque

Police had announced earlier on Monday that they were “not investigating Hassanen’s murder as a hate crime”, provoking deep skepticism among many within the Muslim community.Police have charged a 22-year-old motorist, Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling, with her murder.Police say they have no evidence that Torres’s actions were motivated by hate or discrimination.Police in Virginia are continuing to investigate Sunday’s fatal attack on a teenage Muslim girl. According to police, Torres exchanged words with a teenage boy in Nabra’s group before driving his vehicle over the curb towards them, then catching up with them as they fled, chasing them with a metal baseball bat.Lena Masri, national litigation director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement that group is representing Hassanen’s family and “will monitor the development of the investigation to ensure a thorough examination of any possible bias aspects of the case”.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement on Monday that 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of El Salvador has had no prior encounters with ICE.A pond where the body of a teenage Muslim girl was found is shown on Monday, June 19, 2017, in Sterling, Va. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said Torres will be “afforded all legal processes”.Planners of numerous vigils encouraged attendees to bring flowers rather than candles to hold during the vigil. Nabra’s father stood by them.Attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist, tweeted “Road rage”. That’s because nothing will bring her back, Iftikhar says. It was during the last few days of Ramadan when it’s encouraged for children to stay up late and pray all night.Hassanen’s father told CNN earlier this week that he believes his daughter was killed because she was wearing an abaya, a traditional black cloak. A vigil also is planned for Wednesday in Hassanen’s hometown of Reston, Virginia.”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. The attack on Hassanen came as she was on her way to a mosque for Ramadan.Hassanen’s high school classmates and members of the Muslim community in northern Virginia gathered to mourn her Wednesday at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.Lamia Sarver of McLean does not usually attend the ADAMS mosque, but said she wants to support the Hassanen family.It’s unclear if Martinez-Torres entered a plea.Police, however, said Hassanen’s death was not being investigated as a hate crime at this point. Virginia law, in part, defines a hate crime as any illegal act motivated by a person’s race, religion or nationality. He was being held in Fairfax County after an initial court appearance Monday. He’s being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge.As the teenagers were returning to the mosque about 3:40 a.m., Martinez Torres of Sterling drove up behind them on Dranesville Road in Herndon, police said.Patrol officers from the Fairfax County Police Department and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office immediately began a search.Police said the girl had been participating in overnight activities at a religious institution.