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Mourners in Virginia pack funeral for slain Muslim teen

AP , Wednesday 21 Jun 2017
Virginia mosque victim
Attendees leaves flowers for Nabra Hassanen, a teenage Muslim girl killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque, during a vigil in New York City, U.S. June 20, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)

Thousands of mourners have walked more than a mile after traffic overflowed in northern Virginia, where people have gathered at a mosque to pay respects to a 17-year-old girl Muslim girl who was fatally beaten this weekend.

Rizwan Jaka, spokesman for the ADAMS Center in Sterling, said he expected anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 people to attend the funeral services for Nabra Hassanen.

Hassanen was killed early Sunday morning as she too walked with a group of friends for more than a mile, returning from a pre-dawn meal to Ramadan prayers.

Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling with murder, which they said appeared to be motivated by road rage.

Lamia Sarver of McLean does not usually attend the ADAMS mosque, but said she wants to support the Hassanen family.

She said the tragedy hits home because she has a daughter Nabra's age.

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