Authorities: Virginia teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 11:55:46-04

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A 22-year-old man charged with killing a teenage girl after she and her friends left a mosque Sunday is being held without bail.

Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling was arraigned Monday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He was ordered held without bond pending a July 19 court appearance.

Police said the girl, identified by WJLA-TV as Nabra Mohmod Hassanen, and her friends were walking back from a McDonald's in the Sterling area early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a car.

The girl's body was found in a pond, her father told WJLA-TV

Police arrested Torres after a search.

Police said Hassanen had been participating in overnight activities at a religious institution. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society confirmed in a news release that the teens were affiliated with the mosque.

Police reiterated Monday the slaying is not being investigated as a hate crime.