Police found remains are believed to be those of a non-existent Virginia teenager who were attacked during the night and disappeared from the exit of a mosque in the Sterling area and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with case.
The mosque, Muslim society in the All Dulles region (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives have identified the girl as Nabra Hassan, 17, of Reston.
Fairfax County Police identified the man accused of murder on his death as Darwin Martinez-Torres Sterling.
According to police reports and a mosque official, a group of four or five teenagers who return from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday morning when they were confronted by a motorist. All but one of the teenagers rushed to the mosque where the group reported that the girl had been left behind, according to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
“Immediately the ADAMS staff informed the Loudoun and Fairfax County authorities that they immediately began a thorough search to locate the missing girl,” the mosque said in a statement.
Loudoun and Fairfax police conducted a one-hour search on Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon, located in Fairfax. Rest thought the girls met at 3 pm. Sunday at a pond on the Ridgetop Ridge Sterling 21500 block. During the search, an officer spotted a motorist who was suspiciously in the area and stopped Torres, police said.
Police said they collected several evidence, but declined to provide further details.
Mother of the young told the detectives told him Nabra was hit with a metal bat.
“I can not think of a worse case occurrence than the loss of a 17-year-old father’s day, as a father of 17 years of myself,” said Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff.
A possible incitement-crime is one of the things the authorities investigate, police said. Detectives believe the remains are the girl’s, but the chief of the coroner’s office will confirm the mode of identity and death, said Fairfax police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.
Shoaib Hassan, ADAMS Co, said that during the last 10 days of Ramadan, the mosque extra prayers at midnight and 2 am, and members usually attend McDonalds or IHOP for 24 hours eat before beginning their fast at dawn, at Just like Nabra and friends.
The murder rocked a Muslim community in the middle of the Ramadan festival, a month of religious practice in which members go from dawn to sunset for a month or so. The period culminates in holding Eid al-Fitr celebration, which is expected next weekend.
“We are devastated and torn because our community suffers and treats this traumatic event,” said Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS president, in a statement. “It is time to unite to pray and take care of our young people.”
ADAMS is the largest mosque in northern Virginia and, with 11 chapters throughout the District and Northern Virginia, is one of the nation’s best-known congregations. According to the ADAMS website, the law location is 25 000 square feet and can accommodate more than 700 people. It includes a youth weekend, a gym and a multipurpose room, according to the website.