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

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.

Dranesville Road, which was largely empty when an attacker beat Nabra there early Sunday morning, was packed with people walking along the same sidewalk to attend her funeral. In traditional Muslim garb and Western attire, they walked and drove from every direction to All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).

The mosque in Sterling is where Nabra and her friends were returning about 4 a.m. Sunday after going to eat at a nearby McDonald’s before their Ramadan fast that would begin at dawn.

Bright Mylar balloons on Wednesday marked the spot where Nabra was assaulted after a driver in what police have called “road rage” approached the group of teens on their bikes and walking, jumped a curb and, as other teens fled, caught up to Nabra in a parking lot after she had fallen behind, police have said.

Authorities arrested Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, in her killing, after a Fairfax County officer noticed him circling the site Sunday after Nabra had been reported missing shortly after the other teens reached the mosque.

Police said Martinez Torres, a construction worker, beat Nabra with a baseball bat and left her body in a pond near his apartment building in Sterling in Loudoun County. Her remains were found Sunday afternoon.

Funeral traffic clogged the streets as officers guided mourners who were rapidly filling the parking lot at ADAMS.

The brutal assault has alarmed the surrounding Muslim community and reverberated nationally with calls for a hate-crime investigation as vigils were held in several major cities. A vigil in Dupont Circle in the District on Tuesday night drew hundreds, and hundreds — many of them young — attended a vigil in Reston on Wednesday night.

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