Wed Dec 13 2017, 8:35:08 +03

Killing of Muslim Teen in Virginia rises fears of Islamophobia in US

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(Verginia-AlummahWorld-Ramadan27,1438H) Terror threats against Muslims and fears of Islamophobia sharply rising in the US as killing of a teen Muslim girls spreading security concerns among Muslim communities across United States.

Serious concerns rise as Virginia police recently revealed that the remains found in a pond in Sterling on Sunday are that of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted and murdered after leaving a mosque with her friends.

Darwin Torres, 22, has been arrested and charged with murder, police say. Although police have not named the victim, relatives of Nabra Hassanen, of Reston, and the teen’s mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), have revealed her identity to several news media. Police refrain from describing the incident as act of terror or a severe hate crime.

According to police, Ms. Hassanen and her friends had slept over at the mosque and went to a McDonald’s early in the morning. They allegedly got into a dispute with Torres, who was in his car, near Dranesville and Woodson Roads, police say in a statement. According to media reports, Hassanen’s friends ran back to the mosque and reported that Hassanen had been left behind.

Meanwhile, Torres allegedly got out of his car and assaulted Hassanen, police continued in the statement. The girl’s mother told the Post that detectives said Hassanen had been struck with a metal bat.

“We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event,” ADAMS said in a statement. “It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth.”

A search for the teen ensued and police announced the discovery of the body Sunday afternoon, according to the statement, which adds that officers “saw a car driving suspiciously in the area.” Police stopped the car and took the driver, Torres, into custody. The medical examiner will confirm the identity of the remains.

Muslim communities across the United States condemned the incident and demanding a thorough investigation. They criticizes media and the government for not calling the incident an act of terrorism.  A number of celebrities and member of civil society offer their support to the victim family and the Muslim communities in the country.