Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Virginia, was found dead in a pond near Washington, D.C., at about 3 p.m. Sunday, after she and a group of teenagers walked back from breakfast and got into a dispute with a motorist.
While a search for Nabra was being conducted, police spotted a auto driving suspiciously around the area, on pulling the driver over, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, was arrested, questioned and eventually charged with her murder.
Police spokesperson, Tawny Wright, said: "Our detectives are fairly certain that it is her, but the Chief Medical Examiner still needs to conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity". Darwin Martinez Torres had been "driving suspiciously" and later taken into police custody, where he was arrested and charged with murder.
A 22-year-old man, Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling, has been charged with murder in connection with the case, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Hassanen's mother told the Postthat detectives said the girl had been struck with a metal bat.
The girl, who was identified by family members as Nabra Hassanen, was walking home around 4 a.m. after eating at an IHOP restaurant, according to The Washington Post.
Police were notified and began a search of the area where Nabra was last seen.
A 17-year-old American Muslim girl with Egyptian origins was murdered on Monday after being accosted and kidnapped by a stranger in front of a mosque in Virginia, according to U.S. media. Speaking to relatives over the phone, Gazzar said, "Pray for me that I can handle this". She was believed to have tripped over her clothes before she was attacked.
"Why you kill my daughter?"
A possible hate crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating, police said. "What did my daughter do to deserve this?"
A crowdfunding page was almost immediately set up to raise money for Hassanan's family, and as of Monday afternoon, had received nearly $200,000 of the requested $250,000.
"We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law", the center said in a statement.
The attack occurred during the waning days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.