17-year-old Muslim girl killed after leaving Virginia mosque

STERLING, Va.  — Police in Virginia charged a 22-year-old man with killing a teenage girl who was reported missing after she and her friends left a mosque early Sunday.

Fairfax County police charged Darwin Martinez Torres with murder after they found what they believe is the 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen’s body in a pond Sunday afternoon.

Early Sunday Hassanen and her friends were walking back to the mosque after eating at a fast-food restaurant in the area. That’s when they were confronted by a motorist. The man reportedly exited the vehicle with a baseball bat and assaulted her and she became separated from her friends.

Police said they arrested Torres after a search.

The teenager had been participating in a sleepover at a religious institution that authorities did not identify. But the All Dulles Area Muslim Society confirmed in a news release that the teens were affiliated with the mosque.

“We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event,” the society said in the news release. “It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth.” It said the society was enlisting licensed counselors to assist anyone in need.

The Fairfax County police said they are treating the murder as an incident of road rage.

If anyone would like to donate to Nabra’s family and the funeral costs, please visit this GoFundMe page.