'Road rage' prompted US teen's death - police

2017-06-20 09:31
Martinez Torres.  (Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

Martinez Torres. (Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

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Fairfax - Authorities say a Muslim teen who disappeared while walking with her friends to her mosque died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.

Police in Virginia say "road rage" prompted the killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres with murder. Police say they believe Martinez Torres acted alone. 

The Fairfax County Police Department said they believe the killing was sparked by a fight Martinez Torres got into with a teenage boy on a bike.

Police say Martinez Torres, who was armed with a baseball bat, later began chasing the group, caught up with Hassanen and attacked her.

Police say it appears that Martinez Torres was "so enraged over the traffic dispute that it escalated into deadly violence".

Police say they have no evidence to indicate that the killing was motivated by race or religion.

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