Memorial for slain Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen set on fire

Cheryl Sanders
June 22, 2017

A Washington, D.C., memorial constructed for a Muslim teen who was killed near her mosque in Virginia was set on fire in Dupont Circle Wednesday, fire officials confirmed.

After hundreds of people packed her funeral.

Ibrahim Hooper, media director for the Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR), the nation's largest grassroots Muslim civil rights organisation, said his group would work with police.

A man has been arrested after setting a fire on the memorial for Nabra Hassanen, a Muslim teen killed near a Mosque in Virginia during a suspected road-rage incident.

It was said that Torres later caught up with the group brandishing a baseball bat. He allegedly abducted Hassanen in the ensuing confusion, assaulted her with a baseball bat and dumped her body in the pond.

Funeral traffic clogged the streets as officers guided mourners who were rapidly filling the parking lot at ADAMS.

Funeral services are being held at the ADAMS Center in Sterling Wednesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.

But flowers left at Hassanen's memorial at the Dupont Circle fountain in Washington, DC, were set ablaze on Wednesday.

"We heard about this type of hatred". Nabra's father, Mohmoud Hassanen Aboras, noted that his daughter's best friends were Hispanic Christians. She said he briefly attended school in the United States and had no prior connection to Hassanen.

When the group of kids realized Hassanen was missing, they reported the incident to the Fairfax County authorities, which began the investigation as a missing person case.

Lamia Sarver of McLean does not usually attend the ADAMS mosque, but said she wants to support the Hassanen family.

"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. "She liked to help other people". But Neshanti stuck with it, and gained a lasting appreciation for Islam and for the way Nabra shared her culture with her friends.

At the service, Imam Mohamed Magid said the community was grieving.

Roessler said police have "absolutely no evidence" that her killing was motivated by hate, but says "that's the myth, isn't it?" "It's about focusing on Allah or God".

"She loved everybody", her father said, taking pride in the fact that he teaches, and will continue to teach, his children to love others regardless of their background.

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. "This was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same period", it said.

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

"It's kind of scary what's happening", she said. I can not forget her.

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