Pressure grows to classify Muslim girl's slaying a hate crime

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque announced in a statement that a funeral prayer service for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Detectives told Nabra's mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, The Washington Post reported.

The group ran, but Mr. Torres caught up to them in a parking lot and chased down Ms. Hassanen with a baseball bat.

Joshua Salaam, a chaplain at the ADAMS Center, said police "have given us complete confidence" but the community is struggling because Hassanen was beloved by so many and known for her kind spirit.

Roessler said police have "absolutely no evidence" that her killing was motivated by hate, but says "that's the myth, isn't it?" It was road rage that inflicted "blunt force trauma" to her body, and road rage that discarded that lifeless body in a pond a few miles away.

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"This is a hate crime", he said.

He said his daughter "loved everybody". Fairfax County's prosecutor said they are investigating to see whether they will charge Torres with anything else.

The night she died, she had just hosted a big group of friends for iftar - the Ramadan break-the-fast dinner - at her Reston apartment. We don't hate anybody because of religion or color.

Nabra was finishing her sophomore year at South Lakes High School.

On Tuesday, Muslim groups throughout the USA held vigils in the teen's honor, The Associated Press reported.

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Nabra Hassanen's death was a blow to the community, said Hassan Zekeria, a 46-year-old area resident who went to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center mosque to attend her funeral prayer.

The Egyptian embassy is in contact with the family of Nabra Hassanen, the victim, and is following up on the investigation, the ministry said, extending its "deepest condolences" to the family. Martinez Torres, 22, has been charged with murder. Police say he chased the group in his vehicle, then got out with a baseball bat and caught up with Hassanen, brutally beating her. He was appointed a public defender whose office has declined comment.

William Miller, a spokesman for the US attorney's office in Washington D.C., says Soloman will likely have his first court appearance on Thursday, when charging documents further explaining the crime will become public.

A MUSLIM teen was abducted and beaten to death on her way home from a Mosque in what community leaders are branding a "hate crime". Police said they could file appropriate charges if they later find the crime was motivated by hate. "It's good how they give up food and water", she said. "We're all missing her". The ADAMS Center, one of the largest mosques in the country, has a long history of interfaith outreach and activism, and ADAMS board chair Rizwan Jaka said there has been "just a tremendous outpouring of support" from people of all faiths. They said they believed the police would review everything, including whether Ms. Hassanen was targeted because she was Muslim.

Associated Press reporters Alanna Durkin Richer and Sarah Rankin contributed to this report from Richmond.

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For Saniya Salah, 74, who lives around the corner from the mosque that Hassanen left minutes before she was attacked and has granddaughters Hassanen's age, the attack has shaken her sense of security.

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