Diverse crowd at vigil for slain Muslim teen

"You can't just say, 'Oh, he didn't say anything against Islam, so no hate crime, '" said CAIR Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

Nabra, Mohmoud's eldest child, was with a group of more than a dozen teens as they returned to a northern Virginia mosque following a Ramadan pre-fast meal at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

Torres exited his auto and chased the group with a baseball bat.

Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old from El Salvador thought to be in the USA illegally, was jailed without bail on a murder charge after the girl's body was pulled from a pond near his apartment.

The suspect "then drove his auto onto the curb as the group scattered", the police said.

Fairfax police said Martinez Torres and one of the boys in the group got into an argument, and the motorist chased the youngsters down and got out swinging the bat. [Martinez] Torres was able to catch Nabra [Hassanen].

Omar Ghowrwal, of Ashburn, said he is confident police will investigate the case thoroughly and get to the bottom of what led to Nabra's death.

The alleged killer was watching the victim and her friends after they left the restaurant, and then hit the victim with a baseball bat, "repeating racial words against Muslims and Arabs, and he then kidnapped the victim in his auto", the statement added. Torres is accused of abducting and murdering the teen before dumping her body in a pond two miles away.

Funeral services and a community vigil will be held Wednesday for Nabra Hassanen, the teenager killed in an attack early Sunday morning while walking to a Dulles area mosque with friends.

Salah has lived in the verdant suburban community since 1985, and said she typically leaves her door unlocked because it's so safe.

Those who knew said they'll remember her bright smile. "So generous, so bright, so attractive, so energetic, so giving, so caring".

Some wearing Islamic robes, others in street clothes, they left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach her mosque.

In Washington, D.C., hundreds of people attended a vigil Tuesday evening, according to WJLA.

A memorial for murdered Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen was set on fire in a park in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, but officials said the vandal wasn't targeting the memorial specifically.

Police say a man fatally beat her with a bat during a weekend road-rage incident, and that it appears her attack was not a hate crime.

He urged anyone with evidence that Hassanen's killing was motivated by hate to come forward, and "if evidence develops of a hate crime, I promise we will charge to the highest levels".

"I hope nothing happening to the other families, like what happened to my daughter", he said. Most mourners were Muslim, but Christians and Jews attended as well.

IN AN ACT OF SOLIDARITY, a group of almost 40 community members showed up on Monday, June 19, to stand watch as Muslims entered the ADAMS Center mosque in Sterling for their evening Ramadan prayers. Forget the religion. We are human beings. A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of the girl, who was attacked during a breakfast break from an all-night prayer session at her mosque. Fairfax County's prosecutor said they are investigating to see whether they will charge Torres with anything else. His public defender, Dawn Butorac, declined to comment. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said Torres will be "afforded all legal processes".

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