22-year-old indicted for capital murder in killing of 17-year-old Sterling girl

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STERLING, Va.-- Monday, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres was indicted for Capital Murder in the killing of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen as she was walking back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society back in June.

Hassanen and others had been staying overnight at the mosque as part of their Ramadan celebration.

Court documents show Martinez-Torres facing eight counts of felony abduction, sexual assault and murder.

The Commonwealth's attorney will be seeking the death penalty if Martinez Torres is convicted.

Those who knew Nabra Hassanen say she was a kind, sweet girl who did not deserve what happened to her.

During last Friday’s preliminary hearing- emotions ran high in the court room, according to reports.

Following that hearing, Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of CARE told media, “It’s a very difficult time and we’re going to be with them every step of the way until we see justice done.”

Family Attorney, Gadeir Abbas said, “There are people here today that, no matter how long it takes, they will see to it that there’s justice for Nabra. This is the beginning of what might be a long process, but the love for Nabra is sufficient to sustain our attention and our engagement to make sure that there is justice for Nabra. Justice for Nabra!”

The ADAMS Center Mosque declined comment Monday night.

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