An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the upper body, Parker said.
"This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect, who was driving and who is now charged with murder, and a group of teenagers", police from Fairfax County, Virginia, said in a statement on Monday afternoon. Her attacker was 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, who was identified as an illegal alien subject to an ICE detainment order.
The teens were returning to the mosque along Dranesville Road near Woodson Drive in Herndon when they encountered Martinez Torres.
Fairfax police, in their account of the attack, said that Martinez Torres and one of the boys in the group got into an argument, and the motorist chased the youngsters down and got out swinging the bat.
"It appears suspect became so enraged in this traffic argument it escalated into deadly violence", Parker explained.
Police say they have no evidence to indicate that the killing was motivated by race or religion.
Center mosque to grab a bite to eat with friends, after a late-night Ramadan prayer before their fast. But after this week's murder of a 17-year-old high school girl in Sterling, Virginia, it's also a time for mourning. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. "But if the attacker had been an American conservative, it would have been front-page news for a solid week or more".
Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said Nabra and all the other girls in her group were wearing Muslim head coverings and loose Islamic robes when the driver approached.
"Road rage. Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself", tweeted attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist who lives in the Washington suburbs. She wasn't particularly religious, but went to the mosque with friends during Ramadan as a social event.
"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter", he said, according to the AP.
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The girl's father says he doesn't understand how this could have happened and that his daughter was a friend to everyone.
Police reiterated during the news conference that the investigation so far has found no evidence that Nabra was targeted because her religion. A pond where the body of a teenage Muslim girl was found is shown on Monday, June 19, 2017, in Sterling, Va.
Police say the girl and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in northern Virginia early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a auto.
Road rage, and not a hate crime, was the alleged motive behind the murder, police said.
"You can't just say, 'Oh, he didn't say anything against Islam, so no hate crime, '" he said. Virginia law, in part, defines a hate crime as any illegal act motivated by a person's race, religion or nationality. Vigils are being held in her honor across the country this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said on Monday that they have issued a request to take custody of Torres after he is released from Fairfax County jail. Torres remains held without bond.
Nabra Hassanen was murdered while walking with a group of fellow Muslims on their way to a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, Sunday. Torres later was taken into custody at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday by a Fairfax County Police Department patrol officer who noticed what he believed to be the involved vehicle.
"The truth is that this young lady was murdered as a direct result of US policy failures to enforce our existing immigration laws", Gheen said.
Despite outright admitting police were not investigating the incident as a hate crime and had no reason to suspect anti-Muslim hate was at play, Obeidallah claims in his piece, "Trump has put together the most anti-Muslim administration ever".
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