Chaplain: Mosque has faith in police investigation

22 June, 2017, 06:00 | Author: Essie Rivera

A community vigil for Hassanen has also been planned by the teen's friends and classmates on Wednesday night in Reston, where she was from.

Detectives told Nabra's mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, The Washington Post reported. They said he beat her with a baseball bat early Sunday, drove off with her in his vehicle, assaulted her again and then dumped her body in a pond near his home. "It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth".

And in Portland last month, a man was charged with the equivalent of a hate crime in the fatal stabbings of two white men who were trying to defend two teenage girls, one of them wearing a hijab, from his anti-Muslim tirade.

On Sunday afternoon, Hassanen's body was found in a pond a few miles away from the mosque.

"She is the age of my daughter", 44-year-old Springfield, Virginia resident Hela Elgengy said, holding back tears. He then assaulted her again at another location in Loudon County.

At the same time, he said there are people in the Muslim community who are less concerned with the legalities of what constitutes a hate crime and have a more visceral reaction. We don't hate anybody because of religion or color.

Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Hassanen and the other girls in her group were wearing headscarves, leaving many to believe she was targeted because of her religion.

Numerous vigils are encouraging attendees to bring flowers rather than candles to hold during the vigil. Police are considering her death a case of road rage, but some Islamic leaders are saying the attack has characteristics of a hate crime.

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STERLING, Va. (AP) - Thousands of mourners left their cars as traffic overflowed and walked more than a mile to reach Wednesday's funeral of a 17-year-old Muslim girl whose beating death, blamed by police on road rage, has some in her community fearing for their safety. Martinez Torres is being charged with murder. Fairfax County police said Martinez Torres chased the youngsters with a baseball bat, catching up with Hassanen and beating her after her friends had scattered.

The public defender's office, which was appointed to represent Martinez Torres, declined to comment. As Yusor's father told reporters, "I am sure my daughter felt hated, and she said, literally, "Daddy, I think it is because of the way we look and the way we dress.'" These details are very hard to escape".

William Miller, a spokesman for the USA attorney's office in Washington D.C., says Soloman will likely have his first court appearance on Thursday, when charging documents further explaining the crime will become public.

Hunessa Fariad, an ADAMS Center official, said if there is even the smallest chance there was hate-based motivation behind the crime, the community wants the charges to be considered.

"If nobody gave you a compliment, she gave you a compliment", he said.

A group of as many as 15 teenagers were walking and riding bikes on Dranesville Road after attending an overnight event for Ramadan at a mosque in Sterling, which is in Loudoun County.

"We call on law enforcement to investigate all aspects of the motive", said Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS Center chairman of the board. Police have not identified Hassanen, but her father confirmed she was the victim in Sunday's attack.

While waiting for a vigil after the teen's funeral and burial, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. spoke with The Associated Press about the community's concerns. "We never thought it was going to happen in our neighborhood", said Rhab Saad, who lives in the same apartment complex as the Hassanens and described Nabra as respectful to elderly neighbors and a helpful babysitter of small children.

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