Tragedy struck the Muslim community in Virginia on Sunday, when a teenage Muslim girl was assaulted and killed after leaving her mosque.
The death of Nabra Hassanen, a 16-year-old from Reston, VA, coincided with a terror attack targeting the Muslim community in the city of London. The killing was a painful reminder that Muslims, particularly Muslim women, are extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Ahead, we break down everything we know so far about this tragedy and why it’s important to talk about Nabra’s death.
What happened, according to the authorities
Early on Sunday, Nabra and a small group of teenagers grabbed breakfast at an IHOP in Sterling, VA before they began fasting for Ramadan. As they were walking back at approximately 3:30 a.m., they were confronted by a motorist. An altercation took place and the teens ran to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center. That’s when they realized Nabra was no longer with them.
“An investigation determined she was walking outside with a group of friends when they got into a dispute with a man in a car,” the authorities’ statement reads. “It appears the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, got out …read more