The Egyptian foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Egypt is monitoring through its embassy in Washington the case of the kidnapping and murder in Virginia of Nabra Hassanen, a teenager of Egyptian descent, on Sunday.
The Egyptian embassy is in contact with the family of the victim and is following up on the investigation, the ministry said, extending its “deepest condolences” to the family in its statement.
The 17-year-old Hassanen was kidnapped, beaten and killed on Sunday after she and her friends were chased near their mosque in Virginia by a man who was repeating racial slurs, according to the ministry’s statement.
Virginia police have arrested Darwain Martinez Torres and charged him with the kidnapping and murder Hassanen.
Police say the murder was a “road rage incident,” not a hate crime.
Muslim-American activists, however, say that the murder was a hate crime that is part of increased “Islamophobia” in US society.
The number of anti-Muslim crimes in the US jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month.
The group says that anti-Muslim incidents have increased after the election of US President Donald Trump in November.