A handful of Loudouners gathered at the entrance to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling during calls to prayer tonight to show support after the murder of a 17-year-old congregant.
The victim, Nabra Hassanen, was a sophomore at South Lakes High School in Fairfax and worshipped at the ADAMS mosque. She was found dead following an altercation in the early morning hours Sunday. The Fairfax County Police Department, which is investigating the case, has said it is not investigating the incident as a hate crime. A 22-year-old man from Sterling has been arrested and charged with murder.
Katie Mejia, one of the people who stood on the side of Sugarland Road in the sunset and drizzle, said she heard about the gatherings on Facebook.
“I think that, especially in today’s climate, it’s important to show support for other people in the community that oftentimes have a lot of hate spewed at them,” Mejia said.
“I’m just mad about it, and don’t know what to do,” Chris Tandy said. “Whether this was a hate crime or not, it’s wrong. It shouldn’t be happening in our neighborhood.”