Man charged with Muslim teenager's murder in Virginia

Man charged with Muslim teenager's murder in Virginia

Darwin Martinez Torres has been charged with the killing of Nabra Hassanen

Monday, June 19, 2017

A man has been charged with the killing of a Muslim teenager as she made her way home in the United States. 

Nabra Hassanen was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning as she returned from prayers at a mosque in Virginia. 

A 22-year-old man, Darwin Martinez Torres, has been charged with her murder, after her body was discovered in a pond in nearby Sterling. 

There had been a concentrated search effort from around 4am local time on Sunday morning (11pm GMT), with Hassanen's body being found at 3pm yesterday

Police later said a baseball bat had been found near to her corpse.

The incident stunned the local community of Reston in the northwest of the state.

The Washington Post is reporting a potential motivation behind the incident being a hate crime. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations found anti-Muslim hate crime incidents rose fron 2015 to 2016 by 44%, going from 180 to 260 in a year. 

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