The tragic killing of a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia will not be investigated as a hate crime, said authorities on Monday.
Nabra Hassanen was abducted after leaving a mosque on Sunday. Hours later, the remains of a body they believed to be Nabra was found. Police then arrested Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, in connection with murder, reported The Washington Post.
According to officials, Nabra and her friends were walking back from getting breakfast at IHOP when a motorist approached the group with a baseball bat. All of the teens, except for Nabra, ran back to the mosque, where they reported she was missing, according to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Loudoun and Fairfax police conducted an area search for several hours until the victim’s body was found around 3 p.m. During the search, Torres was spotted driving in the area and was detained by an officer, said police.
The girl’s mother said detectives told her that Nabra was struck with a metal bat; however, an official autopsy needs to be performed in order to determine the cause of death and confirm Nabra’s identity.
With police not investigating the death as a hate crime, many wonder why it seems American police are hesitant to categorize crimes against Muslims as terror acts. Over the weekend, a motorist in London drove a van into a crowd coming out of mosque. The Finsbury Park attack was quickly called a terrorist attack, said Metropolitan Police.
Torres has been charged with murder, said police. The family of Nabra Hassanen set up a crowd funding page to help cover the cost of funeral expenses. In just a day, the family met their $25,000 goal.
(Photo: Nabra Hassanen via Twitter)