FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — 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.
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 Monday and denied bail pending a July 19 court appearance. A judge appointed him a public defender, whose office declined comment.