Virginia man charged as teenage girl becomes victim of suspected Islamophobic murder

Published 19.06.2017 03:59
Updated 19.06.2017 11:59
The victim, Nabra
The victim, Nabra

The remains of a teenage girl who had been missing in Fairfax, Virginia have been found, police said late Sunday.

The girl, identified only as Nabra, reportedly went missing earlier in the same day. A local man, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, killed the 17-year-old, the police added.

Nabra and her friends had left an event at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) to go to a 24-hour restaurant near the mosque, and were walking back when they got into an altercation with a motorist, the Washington Post reported.

NBC Washington reported that Fairfax County Police found the remains of a female teenager in a nearby pond, believed to be Nabra.

Fairfax country police public information officer TJ Wright said Sunday that, "there doesn't seem to be any indication" that the murder was a hate crime, although the investigation would provide more information as it proceeds.

Two fundraising campaigns, one through GoFundMe and another through LaunchGood, have raised over $50,000 since the news of Nabra's murder came to light.

A Quran reading is also being organized to honor Nabra across the community.

ADAMS made a statement thanking the community, government officials and interfaith partners, "for their prayers and support during these tough times."

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