A young Muslim girl was tragically beaten to death and dumped in pond Sunday, a horrific crime that would normally draw 24-hour coverage from mainstream news networks.
But not this time.
Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, is an El Salvadoran in the United States illegally.
17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was eating at a Northern Virginia McDonald’s with friends at 3:00 a.m. Sunday before heading to a nearby mosque for an all-night Ramadan sleepover.
As the group walked and rode bikes to the mosque, they noticed a car speeding toward them. It jumped the curb, parked in a nearby lot, and Torres leaped out.
Wielding a baseball bat, he savagely beat the innocent girl to death, then fled with her body into Loudoun County, which was on the other side of the road.
Hassanen was later found, dead, in a Loudoun County pond about two and half miles away.
“Please pray for me, please pray for me,” her mother Sawsan Gazzar told The Washington Post. “Pray for me that I can handle this . . . I lost my daughter, my first reason for happiness.”
“Why did you kill my daughter? For what? She didn’t do anything to anybody. I raised my kids to love everybody,” her heartbroken father Mahmoud Hassanen told a local TV station.
Dozens of her classmates at South Lakes High School have been visiting the family’s apartment to offer their support.
“I just can’t think of a worse instance to occur with the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day. As a father of a 17-year-old myself, I can’t think of anything worse than confronting that on this particular day,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman.
Hassanen’s funeral was held Tuesday at the mosque at which she hoped to worship on the morning she was killed.
Torres was quickly arrested and has been charged by Fairfax County authorities with murder.
He has not been charged with a so-called “hate crime,” which is drawing public skepticism. Torres claims it was an act of “road rage” and he was angry about traffic. The attack occurred at 3:40 a.m.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement now has a detainer on Torres, whom they claim they have not encountered since he entered the U.S.
Despite the unspeakable, horrific tragedy of the crime the mainstream media are virtually silent.
When narratives collide, the victims suffer.