Funeral for Muslim teen killed in attack near Virginia mosque draws throngs


Officials say the crime was motivated by road rage, not religious hatred. "We lost a 17-year-old innocent girl who was loved by so many", said Misha Yasar, who worships at ADAMS and attended the funeral with her husband.

"We'd like to hear from the witnesses to the initial attack as to whether they heard any biased statements", Hooper said.

A vigil and prayer service Tuesday night at the impromptu memorial was followed by iftar - the daily meal after sunset to break the daily fast that many Muslims observe during the holy month of Ramadan. "Why? We have to help each other, Muslim, Christian, Jew".

The 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation hate crime report showed a surge in the number of hate crimes nationwide, with attacks against Muslims increasing the most sharply. "'Pray at home, ' I tell her". According to police, she was with a group of about 15 Muslim teens when Nabra was attacked by Martinez Torres, of El Salvador, who is now in custody.

Also on Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it was too early to label Nabra's killing a road rage incident, as police tentatively did at a Monday evening news conference.

Her body was found in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Va. later that Sunday. Detectives said he then drove her to another location and assaulted her again.

"I don't know the family", she continued.

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.

Less than two hours after the incident, Fairfax County police arrested Torres in a traffic stop after an officer noticed what he believed to be the auto involved in the incident, police said. A 22-year-old Virginia man was held on a murder charge Monday in the slaying of the girl, who wa.

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"I just wanted to support the family and the community", said Omar Ghowrwal, 34, who traveled to the mosque alone from neighboring Ashburn, Virginia.

"We came because something very bad happened". This undated image provided by the Hassanen family shows Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Va. Police in Fairfax, Va., said Monday, June 19, 2017, that "road rage" was to blame for the slaying of a 17-year-old muslim girl wh.

On their way back to the mosque, the group walked and rode their bikes on the street and the sidewalk, while the suspect, Darwin Martinez Torres, drove, police said.

The Northern Virginia Muslim community and grieving high schoolers gathered on Wednesday to mourn Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old killed while she was walking to her mosque with friends on Sunday.

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

Hurunnessa Fariad, media representative for the ADAMS Center, said people are still trying to wrap their heads around what happened, and counselors are being made available for anyone who needs emotional support.

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in the United States jumped 57% in 2016, going 2,213 incidences up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a report issued in May.

Some Islamic leaders remain skeptical that Hassanen's religion and appearance weren't a factor.

"We want every possible motive there is to be brought on the table, even if there is [only a] 0.5 percent chance that it's a hate crime - we want it on the table", Fariad said.