Police allege that Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, got into an argument with a teen in the group as the friends returned to the mosque, drove his auto over a curb, chased the group and used a baseball bat to hit Hassanen in a parking lot nearby.
Two boys in their group who spoke with The Associated Press after paying condolences to the family Monday said they didn't witness anything to make them think it was a hate crime. Julia Parker, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County police told reporters: 'There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime.
Remains believed to be the girl's were found in a pond at around 3 p.m. on Sunday after police saw a vehicle driving erratically and pulled the driver over, only to take him into custody on suspicion of murder.
Police say the girl and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in the Sterling area early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a auto.
Her family say that she was targeted because she was Muslim.
The girl's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras of Reston, said his daughter was a friend to everyone. The group of more than a dozen kids did not immediately realize Hassanen was missing.
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Attorney Rabia Chaudry, a prominent Muslim activist, tweeted "Road rage".
Aboras emigrated from southern Egypt and has three younger daughters, who like Nabra were born in the U.S. He's not particularly interested in knowing why his daughter was attacked or whether it could be considered a hate crime.
"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter". His daughter is gone, regardless. "Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hispanic, whatever", he said, surrounded by more than a dozen friends and family in his apartment.
Hassanen and the other teens had been fasting because of Ramadan, which runs through June 24 this year.
He has been charged with her murder and is now being held without bail pending a court appearance on 19 July. A judge appointed him a public defender, whose office declined comment.
Monday morning rain, with afternoon sun
Notably cooler conditions are expected for the latter half of the work week and through the weekend. Today's forecast calls for scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 a.m.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement on Monday that 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of El Salvador has had no prior encounters with ICE. Hassanen said. "When I go to court I'm going to look him in the eye: why did you do this to my daughter?"
Durkin Richer and Rankin reported from Richmond, Virginia; Associated Press reporter Matt Barakat contributed from Fairfax, Virginia.
A pond where the body of a teenage Muslim girl was found is shown on Monday, June 19, 2017, in Sterling, Va.
According to police, a group of up to 15 teens, including Hassanen, were walking and riding bicycles on Dranesville Road about 3:40 a.m. Sunday as they headed back from McDonalds to the ADAMS Center mosque, where they were taking part in an all-night sleepover event.
Vigils are being planned around the country to honor a Muslim teen who police say was fatally beaten with a baseball bat by an angry driver as she walked with friends to a Virginia mosque this weekend. Torres has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.
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