Funeral expected today for Virginia teen killed after leaving mosque

Hassanen was walking with a group of about 15 teens as they headed back to the Al Dulles Area Muslim Society early Sunday morning when she was kidnapped and assaulted by 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres.

They said Martinez Torres beat Nabra as her friends scattered, then put her in his vehicle, assaulted her again and dumped her body. Police dogs, helicopters and officers from Fairfax and Loudoun counties searched until her body was discovered about 3 p.m. Sunday, police said.

A vigil had been held at the site the night prior.

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"We heard about this type of hatred".

Rizwan Jaka, spokesman for the ADAMS Center in Sterling, said he expected anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 people to attend the funeral services for Nabra Hassanen.

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But after a string of attacks on Muslims around the world, most recently in London and in Portland, Oregon, some are deeply skeptical. An evening vigil organized by her high school's Muslim Student Association also drew throngs of people. He became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb, police said.

The night she died, she had just hosted a big group of friends for iftar - the Ramadan break-the-fast dinner - at her Reston apartment. The room was packed with teens in Hassanen's circle, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Lamia Sarver of McLean, Va., told the AP her own daughter is the same age as Hassanen. He described Hassanen as someone who led other young people to give of themselves, be the best person they can be, and lift people up when they fell down.

Christians, Hindus, Hispanics were among her friends she brought to the home she shared with three siblings. He said the mosque's youth would live by her example. Later, he chased the teens on foot, and majority were able to flee.

"When you see an attack against one community, it has to be viewed as an attack against all communities", said Randal Cutter, a pastor at New Dawn Community Church in Coral Springs. "It's about focusing on Allah or God".

The suspect "then drove his vehicle onto the curb as the group scattered", the police said.

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She said her family has resorted to a new kind of mindset.

"I have two daughters".

Bhuiyan said she has always felt safe walking from ADAMS in her hijab, and she's rattled that the typical teenage trek to McDonald's ended in tragedy.

"We have people who may feel this is a hate crime, and we're dealing with that", he said.

"I think it was definitely scary for everyone in our area and Muslims in general", Salehi said.

Nabra was the oldest of four sisters, all American-born children of Egyptian immigrants.

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"Because she is a Muslim", Mahmoud Hassanen said. Ngaliman said she's been hearing of attacks across the globe, and was especially frightened for her daughter. I can not forget her.

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