Sex assault investigated in Muslim teen slaying

People hold up signs during a vigil in Washington DC on Tuesday
People hold up signs during a vigil in Washington DC on Tuesday
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22 June, 2017

At the news conference, when asked whether Torres said or shouted anything during the altercation with the teenagers, Lt. Bryan Holland said, "There was no indication of any racial slurs or any type of back and forth other than a verbal argument". "We are still sorting out all of the facts".

Egypt's Al-Azhar denounced on Tuesday the murder of an American Muslim girl of Egyptian descent in a suspected hate crime in the USA state of Virginia.

A mourner in New York City leaves flowers on June 20, 2017 for Nabra Hassanen, a teenage Muslim girl killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque. Police said the driver became enraged after exchanging words with a boy in the group. Police say he chased the group in his vehicle, then got out with a baseball bat and caught up with Hassanen, brutally beating her. "Witnesses say Torres caught up with them a short time later in a nearby parking lot and got out of his auto armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group". A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of the girl, who wa.

The other teenagers returned to the mosque, and authorities were called, touching off a search for the missing girl. Her body was later found in a pond.

The principal of the suburban Washington high school that slain Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen attended says the 10th grader was a beloved student and a friend to all. He's being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge.

A hate crime in Virginia can bring up to five years behind bars if it results in injury.

"I just wanted to support the family and the community", said Omar Ghowrwal, 34, who traveled to the mosque alone from neighboring Ashburn, Virginia. "An angel was taken". "We have only each other", the imam said as he stood in front of Hassanen's coffin, covered by a black shroud decorated with quotes from the Quran.

- Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 21, 2017#Nabra memorial set on fire in Dupont Circle, wanna keep insisting this isn't about hate and islamophobia?

Just before a funeral service for Nabra got underway Wednesday afternoon at the ADAMS Center, some members of the area's Muslim community made their anger about the crime known.

Sex assault investigated in Muslim teen slaying
Sex assault investigated in Muslim teen slaying

Rania Salem, 21, of Arlington was one of the first to arrive.

Joining the mourners was Lamia Sarver of McLean, who said she does not usually attend ADAMS, but wanted to support the Hassanen family.

"It could have been any of us - we all go to the mosque during Ramadan for prayer".

"In the general area, it's very somber [and] we're obviously upset - people are sad, some are scared, some are concerned", he said.

By Tuesday, almost 11,000 people had pledged contributions of more than $290,000 to a fund for Nabra's family. "We believe these incidents are at the core motivated by the perception that these subjects are Muslim".

"I don't know the family", she continued. "Nothing indicates that this was motivated by race or by religion", Fairfax County police spokesperson Julie Parker said (via Fox 5).

Police have said her beating death appears to be a case of road rage, but many outside observers are skeptical, especially Muslims who say the case looks much like a hate crime.

However, Fairfax County's prosecutor said he's not ruling out hate as a motive.

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