Sterling man arrested in death of Muslim teen

Torres photoDarwin Martinez Torres

Fairfax County detectives have arrested a 22-year-old Sterling man after finding a body feared to be that of a missing Muslim girl from Reston. The body was found in a pond in Sterling Sunday afternoon, several hours after Nabra Hassanen, 17, left a mosque in the Sterling area.

Hassanen had left the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center early Sunday morning and was walDranesville Rd. signking with friends who say she got into an argument with a man driving a car. That man is said to have gotten out of the car and assaulted the victim. Later those friends reported her missing and a search began around 4:00 a.m. near Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon.

During the search police say an officer saw a car driving suspiciously in the area and its driver was arrested. That man, 22-year old Darwin Martinez Torres, of Sterling, was later charged with murder.

Around 3 pm Sunday, the remains of a female were found in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Cir, in Sterling. Positive identification awaites further examination by the Fairfax County Medical Examiner.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam said he was “deeply disturbed” by the assault and murder.

“There is absolutely no place for this kind of violence in our Commonwealth. Every Virginian should feel safe and welcome in our communities, and no parent should ever have to experience such a heartbreaking tragedy. As the police investigation continues, I urge all Virginians to keep Nabra’s friends and family in their hearts.”

Fairfax County police say they are not investigating this murder as a hate crime.

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