Tribute to Slain Muslim Teen is Set Afire in Washington

Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling Va. Martinez Torres was held on a murder charge Monday

Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling Va. Martinez Torres was held on a murder charge Monday

Torres has a girlfriend and a 4-year-old son and works in construction, according to the Washington Post. A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of the girl, who wa.

A makeshift memorial set up to honor the memory of a murdered teen girl has been set on fire, possibly in connection with the hate crime implications of the event.

DC Fire said they responded to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. and found the remains from the memorial for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen on fire at the Dupont Memorial Fountain on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Officials said the group had stopped at a McDonald's between Ramadan prayers. Nabra's body was found later on Sunday in a Sterling pond.

The killing of Nabra Hassanen on Sunday also prompted calls from civil liberties advocates and her supporters to investigate her killing as a possible hate crime, including almost 12,000 people * a href="***/" *who signed an online petition to the Virginia Department of Human Rights and the U.S. Justice Department.

"That's the myth, isn't it?" the chief said.

In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017 photo, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras, left, whose daughter Nabra Hassanen was killed, listens as Imam Mohamed Magid, center, of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, talks about the case in Reston, Va. He eventually caught up to Hassanen and proceeded to strike her with the bat, take her into his auto, and continue to assault and kill her before disposing of her body in a pond.

"We are living in such a global world nowadays, we shouldn't have this kind of environment anymore", she said.

Her funeral is planned for Wednesday afternoon, with a private burial to follow. "Muslim kids and Christian kids in this neighborhood grow up together".

"She was very, very kindhearted, always smiling, always dancing", Neshanti Morgan, 16, said on Wednesday as she walked into ADAMS, where the funeral prayer service was starting.

Nabra Hassanen, 17, was attacked and killed early Sunday morning.

She added: "I just feel like there is more hesitation and a lot of other factors are taken into account, such as whether the person was drunk or suffering mental problems". "It's too hard. I raised my daughter for 17 years, and somebody took her life for no reason". "He has two sisters", said Zahid Hassan of Fairfax, who attended services with his son Yasin, and choked back tears as he spoke. "It could have been anybody".

Many attendees at the funeral on Wednesday were teenagers, but the vast majorities were from the local Muslim community. Nabra's father stood by them.

At a press conference Tuesday night, ADAMS Youth Chaplain Joshua Salaam said Hassanen "revolutionized and inspired an entire community".

Cops charged Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, in the death.

Police have consistently said the incident was a case of road rage, but many activists have said they believe Hassanen was targeted because of her Muslim faith.

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