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ADAMS Center Mourns 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl Killed Early Sunday Morning

by Dave Emke June 19, 2017 at 8:20 am 8 Comments

(This article was updated at 8:50 a.m. after FCPD announced that the killing is not being investigated as a hate crime.)

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society says it is “devastated and heartbroken” after a 17-year-old girl was killed near the mosque early Sunday morning.

The teen, who has been identified by family and friends as Nabra Hassanen of Reston, was a “dear daughter, sister and friend,” the ADAMS Center said in a Facebook post late Sunday night.

Police and the ADAMS Center both report the girl was walking with a group of teens along Dranesville Road early Sunday morning when a man exited his vehicle and assaulted and abducted Hassanen. The other members of the group were helped by “community members,” according to ADAMS, and directed back toward the mosque. ADAMS Center personnel contacted authorities in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, who began their search for the girl.

A suspect, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling, was arrested a few hours later when he was spotted “driving suspiciously” in the area of the abduction. A female body was found at about 3 p.m. Sunday in a pond in Sterling; the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will provide identification and determine the exact cause and manner of death.

“We thank both Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s departments for their diligent efforts in investigating and apprehending a suspect,” the ADAMS Center said. “We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

The Fairfax County Police Department says Hassanen’s killing is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Hassanen was a sophomore at South Lakes High School, where counselors will be on site today. Counselors will also be at the ADAMS Center to assist anyone in need of support.

A vigil has also been slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anne Plaza.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  • Anonymous Poster

    How awful. Prayers for the family.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Absolutely horrible 🙁 >:( So sorry this happened.

  • Basmah Rahman

    if there’s any information for the funeral/janaza…please update us!

    • Saif Khan

      Wednesday 6/21/17 at 1:30 PM at ADAMS Center
      May Allah most forgiving bless her soul and grant her highest Jannah.

  • comfortinmycar

    My heartfelt condolences… 🙁
    May her memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

  • Reston Realist

    This is very sad for her family and the greater Reston Community. I hope this SOB gets punished to the absolute fullest extent of the law.

  • RestonAssurance

    What a beautiful child and human being taken way too soon! Thoughts are with her family, friends and community in Reston.

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