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Brutal slaying near Virginia mosque stemmed from road rage: Police

Authorities say a man charged with murder in the death of a Muslim teen who was attacked near her Virginia mosque became enraged after getting in a fight with one of the girl's friends.

Published: 20th June 2017 06:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 06:58 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press
Undated image provided by the Hassanen
family shows Nabra Hassanen in Fairfax, Va.
(Courtesy Hassanen Family via AP)

FAIRFAX: Authorities say a man charged with murder in the death of a Muslim teen who was attacked near her Virginia mosque became enraged after getting in a fight with one of the girl's friends.     

Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to the upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres attacked her with a baseball bat in a Washington suburb.     

Police have described it as a road rage incident and say there's no evidence to suggest it was a hate crime.  

Police have described it as a road rage incident and say there's no evidence to suggest it was a hate crime.

The girl's father says he doesn't understand how this could have happened and that his daughter was a friend to everyone.     

Martinez Torres was arraigned yesterday and denied bail pending a July 19 court appearance. A judge appointed him a public defender, whose office declined comment.

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