Muslim teen girl found dead in pond after leaving US mosque
Virginia – A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said.
The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said.
At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl who was identified as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston.
The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Later, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said.
Detectives think the remains are those of the girl, but the chief medical examiner’s office will confirm the identity and manner of death, Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said.
During the search for Nabra , authorities stopped a motorist “driving suspiciously in the area” and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22.
Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said.
A police spokeswoman said the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. – Reuters