Three days after Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl, was murdered while walking to her local mosque in northern Virginia, her friends and family held a vigil in her memory Wednesday night.
The vigil, which took place following Hassanen’s funeral, was organized by her high school’s Muslim Student Association.
According to police, Hassanen was killed while walking to the to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia, where she was returning for Ramadan prayers after visiting a local McDonald’s with friends.
Police have arrested and charged Darwin A. Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old motorist, of following Hassanen out of the McDonald’s parking lot before beating her with a bat and leaving her body in a nearby pond. The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating the incident as one of road rage, rather than a hate crime.
“I just want to thank everybody for your love and support,” Nour Hassanen, Nabra’s 10-year-old sister, told community members at the vigil.
“And I just want to say to Nabra, I love you and I will always miss you.”