Virginia Community Mourns Muslim Teen Killed On Her Way To Mosque

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

Magid is the religious leader of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and spoke at the funeral there. "That's what I told him". "It's a time in this country that we are seeing a lot of this kind of activity and it reinforces negative stereotypes".

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Police say they haven't ruled out hate crime charges, but do not yet have any evidence to believe Hassanen was targeted due to her religion.

Almost 1,000 people gathered at a local park in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to pay tribute to the teen with flowers, signs, and one central message: "Say her name". Small flower pots were available for passersby to arrange, as was a pen to write down thoughts and wishes for the slain 17-year-old girl. I can not forget her.

Among the multitudes who showed up to remember Nabra, was John Chadwell who believed it was important he came to "support the people who feel threatened.

And it wasn't just Muslim youth" but the broader Reston community that she was connected to, he said.

In fact, violence and hostility towards Muslim-Americans has become all too common.

Police said Torres beat her with a baseball bat after chasing a group of teenagers he encountered in the road on Sunday.

Lamia Sarver of McLean, Va., told the AP her own daughter is the same age as Hassanen. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes like these have risen 20 percent in the past year. "It's racism. Getting killed because she's Muslim". This teenage girl, Mehter said, had lived the "horrific reality" of the many incidents Muslim girls and women face.

Police stressed that "the incident does not appear to be motivated by bias".

"That is the highest number since 2001, when the al Qaeda attacks on NY and elsewhere drove the number to its highest ever level, 481 hate crimes", according to Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Michelle Salehi, 17, stood outside the ADAMS Center Wednesday before Hassanen's funeral.

A Washington, D.C., memorial for Hassanen was set on fire Wednesday.

Later Wednesday evening, after Hassanen's burial, a crowd of several thousand gathered at a plaza few blocks from her home for a vigil. Many said they were only starting to wrap their heads around what had happened - but for all of them, it felt personal.

He said he sought to comfort the victim's mother by telling her that a person who dies is such a manner "will enter paradise, with not any question asked".

"It seems like they're sugar-coating it", said Ajha, a 21-year-old student who. "She went with a group of friends from the mosque to get food", said Kashif Osman, with The Light House Project. "It could have been me", said Yasmin Ali.

"She was innocent", he said.

And now, we're sad to report that this sad story has gotten even worse.

Still, justice advocacy groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, are encouraging police to not dismiss the possibility of a hate crime.

"I don't know when it's going to end", said Nor Ngaliman, 49, who came to the prayer service with her 18-year-old daughter Mariam Ahmed. "My daughter, she's gone".

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