A Virginia man was jailed after he was seen arguing near a mosque in Sterling with a Muslim teenager who was later found dead in a pond.
The victim, identified as Nabra Hassanen, 17, was strolling with friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center about 4 a.m. Sunday after Ramadan prayers when they argued with a man who drove past in a car.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the investigators believe that missing teenager’s body was found in a pond about two miles from the mosque.
Moreover, an autopsy will reveal the identity and cause of death. A baseball bat was also found.
While a helicopter, police dogs and rescue teams were looking for the missing teen, an officer saw Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, “driving suspiciously” in the area. Torres was detained and charged with murder on Sunday. He’s being detained in Fairfax County jail, officials said.
The ADAMS Center asked authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into Hassanen’s death and pinpoint if it was a hate crime. However, there are no indications to hate crime till now.
“We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law.” the centre said in a statement. “We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event. It is a time for us to come together to pray and care for our youth.”
Police have also called Hassanen’s friends into question, who head and saw the argument. The group was arguing with the man near the mosque outside an IHOP restaurant, according to the Washington Post.
“I can’t think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself.” Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman told the Post.