Grand Jury Issues Capital Murder Indictment in Muslim Teen’s Death

A Fairfax County grand jury today indicted a 22-year-old Sterling man on charges of capital murder and rape in connection with the killing of a 17-year-old girl who was abducted while walking to services at the ADAMS mosque.

The indictment allows Fairfax County prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Darwin Martinez Torres, who is accused of beating Nabra Hassanen, of Reston, to death and dumping her body near a stormwater pond in Sterling. The indictment was the first public indication that investigators believe Hassanen was sexually assaulted, as well.

On June 18, Hassanen was walking along Dranesville Road just over Loudoun County’s eastern boundary with a group of teens returning to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society after an early-morning, pre-fast meal at a nearby restaurant. Martinez Torres, an El Salvadorian construction worker, allegedly was driving by when he got into an altercation with group.

According to the initial report, a red car came up on the group from behind at 3:40 a.m. The driver got into an argument with a youth on a bike and then drove onto the curb and sidewalk. The teens ran away. Investigators said Martinez Torres found the group again later and chased them with a baseball bat. Hassanen was stuck and he put her in his car.

It appears Hassanen was assaulted a second time near Martinez Torres’ apartment complex, near the pond were her body was found. The medical examiner ruled that she died from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

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