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Hearing set for man charged in Muslim girl’s death


This undated file photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres, of Sterling, Va. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Torres, charged in the slaying of a 17-year-old Muslim girl as she walked to a mosque with friends. Torres is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled for a hearing Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.(Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

This undated file photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows Darwin Martinez Torres, of Sterling, Va. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Torres, charged in the slaying of a 17-year-old Muslim girl as she walked to a mosque with friends. Torres is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled for a hearing Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.(Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A pretrial hearing is scheduled for a northern Virginia man charged in the slaying of a 17-year-old Muslim girl as she walked to a mosque with friends.

Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled for a hearing Friday afternoon in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The victim, Nabra Hassanen, was out late with a group of friends and was walking back to a mosque for pre-dawn Ramadan services. Police say Hassanen was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.

Although the circumstances of the girl’s death led many to speculate about a possible hate crime, police have said the slaying is a case of road rage that began when the 22-year-old Martinez Torres was driving and encountered Hassanen’s friends walking in the street.

Source: AP

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