Sterling Man Faces Life in Prison for Fatal Beating of Teen

Darwin Martinez-Torres, 25, of Sterling, today pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Circuit Court to rape and murder in the brutal fatal beating of Nabra Hassanen as she was walking to Ramadan services at the ADAMS Center mosque in Sterling in June 2017.

Under the plea agreement supported by prosecutors, Martinez-Torres would avoid a lengthy capital murder trial that could result in the death penalty, but will spent the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Martinez-Torres was indicted in October 2017 on the capital murder charge.

On June 18, 2017, 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, 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.

Investigators said the attack did not appear to be a hate crime targeting Muslim worshipers.

4 thoughts on “Sterling Man Faces Life in Prison for Fatal Beating of Teen

  • 2018-11-29 at 10:44 am
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    1000 percent should never have happened. Due to a bizarre political position held by some of our polticans, this violent murderer was allowed to roam, drive, work, and brutally murder Nabra with a baseball bat. This predator should never have been in Loudoun, the Commonwealth, or the United States to begin with — he’s an illegal alien, who was allowed to prey on this child because it’s politically expedient for some of our politicians.

    Yet again, government didn’t just fail — it directly aided and abetted Nabra’s murder — and we’re all hush hush about it. I assume in this case “silence isn’t complicity?” Disgusting. I will never forget this young girls name.

  • 2018-11-29 at 1:24 pm
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    This is our “Kate Steinle” case as far as I am concerned –but Steinle’s murderer got off for doing much less than what happened to this poor girl. In my view, prosecutors should have not accepted the plea and sought the death penalty, because now, this thing who never should have been in this nation in the first place gets free room and board for life courtesy of Virginia taxpayers because of prosecutors who fail to see the big picture. Finally, it was not a “hate crime” though a number of people tried to spin it that way — it was an american citizen minding her own business who was murdered by someone who should not have been allowed into this country. Period.

  • 2018-11-29 at 5:54 pm
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    Exactly, Ken & Chris. And, most galling, why did Loudoun Now refuse to even point out the fact that Martinez Torres was in the country illegally? Rather, it described him as “an El Salvadorian construction worker”–like he was just some blue-collar joe who lost his temper in a road-rage incident.

    The Washington Post reported that a week before the murder, “[another] woman arrived at a hospital emergency room and reported that a man — later identified as Martinez Torres — had punched, choked and sexually assaulted her and was a member of the MS-13 street gang, according to two people familiar with the woman’s account.”

    This is why we need a border wall, but the left and their mouthpieces in the media don’t want to let the populace know what is going on, as future Democrat voters continue to pour across our open borders.

  • 2018-12-02 at 8:45 pm
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    This goes deeper to the mentality of the officials in Loudoun. The county has spent $120,000 in the Randall v Davidson case. Not one penny was spent on an investigation or study why this was allowed to happen. Oh yes, this was a total failure of the officials in Loudoun County.

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