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Suspect in killing of Northern Va. teen led police to her body, search warrant says

WASHINGTON — The 22-year-old man charged in the high-profile killing of a teen girl attacked walking back to her mosque admitted his involvement and led police to her body, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.

The search warrant, first obtained by The Washington Post, was filed by Fairfax County police on June 21 — three days after Nabra Hassanen was killed as she walked with a group of teens back to a Sterling, Virginia, mosque following an early morning trip to McDonald’s.

Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, a citizen of El Salvador, has been charged with murder in Hassanen’s death. The search warrant reveals police found suspected bloodstains in the backseat and on the passenger door of Martinez Torres’ red 2009 Pontiac sedan when he was pulled over by Fairfax County police.

After he was taken the Reston District Station, Martinez Torres “detailed his involvement” including that he put Hassanen “in his vehicle after the violent attack.”

He then led police to Hassanen’s body in a pond in the Sterling area of Loudoun County.

Police have said there is no indication the teen was killed because of her religion and instead said road rage led to the attack.

Hassanen was part of a group of as many as 15 teens who were walking back from McDonalds to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque, shortly after 3:30 a.m. June 18. The mosque was holding an all-night sleepover event during Ramadan.

Authorities said Martinez Torres got into an argument with with a boy whose bike was in the roadway. He then drove his car up on a curb and chased the teens, before exiting his car and chasing them on foot with a baseball bat.

One of the teens looked back and saw Hassanen lying on the sidewalk as a Hispanic man stood over her with a bat, according to the search warrant. Police later located a pair of sandals and eyeglasses on the sidewalk. Police said they found possible blood on the sandals and what appeared to be a bloodstain on the sidewalk where Hassanen was last seen.


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