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United States: Muslim girl murdered  on way home from mosque

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A 17 years-old Muslim girl was killed Sunday as she walked home after prayers at a mosque near Washington. But the police did not consider the act as hate crime but rather as a road rage incident.

The crime, which occurred shortly before the attack near a mosque in London, stroke strong emotion in the local Muslim community, a few days before the end of Ramadan. « We are wiped out and our hearts are broken, » representatives of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia said in a statement.

The body of a young woman, presumed to be that of Nabra, was found Sunday in a pond in the city, police said in Fairfax County, Virginia. Nabra Hassanen, 17, was walking with friends after prayers of Ramadan on Saturday night . “An investigation determined she was walking outside with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car. It appears the suspect, Darwin A Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, got out of his car and assaulted the victim. Her friends could not find her and police were called to help.” said a Fairfax county police statement.

Nabra was reported missing about 4am, and her body was found about 3pm the same day. A baseball bat was discovered nearby, police said. Detectives later obtained a murder warrant against Martinez Torres, 22, who drove by the area and was taken into custody as a suspect.

The Fairfax police spokesman, Don Gotthardt, said he did not consider the murder as a hate crime, because « No evidence has been recovered that showed this was a hate crime. Nothing indicates it was motivated by race or religion.”

An explanation that sparked indignation of the girl’s parents and many Internet users. Indeed Nabra’s father, Mohmoud Hassanen, “He killed my daughter because she is Muslim. That’s what I believe. That’s what I told him (the detective).”

As to some reactions found on social media

A candlelight vigil is to be held Wednesday evening in homage to the young woman in her town of Reston, Virginia.