Police have made an arrest for the murder of 17-year old Nabra Hassanen.
The search for Nabra began Sunday, June 18 after she was reported missing by some friends. They claimed that Nabra had disappeared after the group of Muslim girls got into an altercation with a driver in the parking lot of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia.
BuzzFeed reports that Nabra and her friends were coming back from a break during Ramadan prayers when a car pulled up and a man with a baseball bat jumped out and started swinging at the group of girls.
The altercation occurred at around 3:30 A.M. on Sunday after the group grabbed breakfast at a nearby town center before beginning their Ramadan fast.
As they scattered, Nabra was lost in the shuffle. The group reported her missing at around 4:00 A.M.
Her body was recovered Sunday afternoon by police in Sterling.
As they searched, authorities stopped a motorist “driving suspiciously in the area” and arrested the driver, who was later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Torres has been charged with her death.
A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities recently announced that they are not investigating the murder as a hate crime.
Nabra’s friends, family and many others are mourning her tragic death. A GoFundMe account was set up in order to raise funds for Nabra’s funeral costs.
Nabra’s death preceded the Muslim mosque attacks on Monday morning in which a van hit worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain’s largest Muslim organization said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.
According to AOL, the number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57% 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.