Egyptian-American Muslim Teen Killed in 'Road Rage Incident' in US

Police arrested Torres after a search and later obtained a murder warrant charging him with her death. He has been assigned a public defender.

The apartment was in a sprawling complex with predominantly Spanish-speaking tenants.

She said there was some unspecified "exchange of words" between the girl and Torres leading up to the attack.

Arsalan Iftikhar, a human rights lawyer and author, told the Washington Post that he and his wife were at the mosque at about the same time as Nabra and that her death has struck fear into the local Islamic community. At one point, the motorist got out of his vehicle and assaulted the girl, said the police.

Witnesses say Torres caught up with the group a short time later in a nearby parking lot, got out of his auto armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group. But a statement sent to CNN from the Virginia Lt. Governor's office said that "detectives and relatives believe the body found is Nabra Hassanen". He has been charged with murder. Officials declined to identify the girl, but the Washington Post named her as Nabra Hassanen.

Hassanen was the oldest of four siblings and was about to finish her sophomore year at South Lakes High School. Retzer says she offered condolences and says Nabra will be greatly missed.

The teen's friends told authorities that the driver then exited his vehicle brandishing a baseball bat. According to autopsy results, she sustained blunt force trauma to the upper body.

Hassanen and a group of friends were participating in an all-night Ramadan prayer session at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling and went to get food. They were on their way back when Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, drove up to their group and an altercation ensued. "I'm so anxious about sending my kids out and their coming back as bodies".

Nabra Hassanen, 17, was attacked early on Sunday in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles west of Washington, after attending late-night prayers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

An online fundraiser for the girl's family had raised US$61,606 by Monday afternoon (NZ time). A vigil also is planned for Wednesday in Hassanen's hometown of Reston, Virginia.

While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Nabra Hassanen died after police say Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, beat her and then dumped the 17-year-old girl's body in a pond.

A Muslim teenager is missing and believed dead after she was abducted by a man as she and her friends were walking to a suburban Virginia mosque for Ramadan prayers, police said.

He was arraigned on Monday and denied bail pending a July 19 court appearance.

  • Jon Douglas