FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a teenage girl after she and her friends left a mosque in northern Virginia (all times local):
Authorities say a Muslim teen who disappeared while walking with her friends to her mosque died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.
Police in Virginia say “road rage” prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder. Police say they believe Martinez Torres acted alone and say they are not looking for other suspects.
The Fairfax County Police Department said they believe the killing was sparked by a fight Martinez Torres got into with a teenage boy on a bike. Police say Martinez Torres, who was armed with a baseball bat, later began chasing the group, caught up with Hassanen and attacked her.
Police say it appears that Martinez Torres was “so enraged over the traffic dispute that it escalated into deadly violence.”
Police say they have no evidence to indicate that the killing was motivated by race or religion.
Immigration officials have lodged a detainer on a man accused of killing a Muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement on Monday that 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of El Salvador has had no prior encounters with ICE.
Police have charged Martinez Torres with murder in the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.
Detainers are lodged on people arrested on criminal charges who are believed to have either entered the country illegally or violated the terms of their legal status.
An ICE spokeswoman declined to provide further details about Martinez Torres’ immigration status.
Police in Virginia say “road rage” prompted the killing of a teenage Muslim girl who was walking with friends to her mosque this weekend. But many American Muslims are skeptical.
Police say they’ve found nothing to indicate that the victim was targeted for her…