Mom of teen killed throws shoe, screams 'I'll kill you' to man in court accused of crime

Darwin Martinez Torres (right) has been arrested for murder after a body believed to be that of Nabra Mohmod Hassanen (left) was found in a pond in Sterling. (Left: Photo courtesy of Isra Chaker, Right: Photo, Fairfax Co. Police)

The mother of a Muslim teen girl murdered near a Virginia mosque in June 2017 threw a shoe and screamed "I'll kill you" to the man accused of her murder in a courtroom on Friday, according to ABC7's Richard Reeve.

Sawsan Gazzar, the mother of the victim, threw the shoe at 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres.

Nabra Mohmod Hassanen was praying for Ramadan at the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) center. She decided to walk with a group of friends, some of whom police said were on bikes, to get something to eat before their religious fast.

Hassanen's body was later found in a pond in Loudoun County, Virginia on June 18. Police later arrested and charged Torres with murder.

While in the courtroom Friday, Mohmod Hassanen, the victim's father, leaned towards Martinez shouting "he killed my daughter," according to Reeve.

At least five people were escorted out of the courtroom as a crowd of 150 people gathered outside with signs chanting "justice for Nabra."

Torres waived his right to a probable cause hearing after the courtroom cleared, and a trial by jury was ordered Friday.

Police said the group had a dispute with a driver that appeared to be the "result of a road rage incident involving Torres" while the teens were walking back to the mosque, and Hassanen was assaulted.

Fairfax County Police and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office started searching for the missing teen as early as 4 a.m. on June 18.

“What investigators told the father and the mother, he hit her in the head and put her in the car and he threw her in the water,” said family friend and spokesperson Abas Sherif.

Shortly after the incident, police in the area noticed a car driving suspiciously and began a traffic stop on Torres, and he was taken into custody.

Hassanen's murder, in the midst of Ramadan, left fear lingering in the Muslim community, although police believed she was a victim of road rage and not a hate crime.

"There is absolutely no evidence uncovered at this time that this is a hate crime,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Col. Edwin Roessler.

Roessler said investigators were waiting on forensic examination results and an autopsy report from the medical examiner to learn more about what happened during the attack.

Thousands of people gathered in Reston, Virginia for a vigil on June 21 to remember Hassanen.

Hassanen's classmates and principal at South Lakes High School remember her as a positive young woman.

“She touched our lives in a very meaningful way,” said South Lakes High School Principal Kim Retzer.

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