STERLING, Va. -
"I just can't think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father's Day. As a father of a 17-year-old myself, I can't think of anything worse," said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman.
Fairfax County Police said around 3 a.m. on Sunday, a group of teens were walking along Dranesville Road after getting food, heading back to the All Dulles Area Muslims Society Center, preparing for an all morning prayer, when they were approached by a man in a vehicle.
Some sort of dispute occurred, and the man got out of his car and assaulted one of the group members. When the teens regrouped, they realized they were unable to find the group member who had been assaulted, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen; her name has not yet been released by police, but friends have made it public through fundraising efforts.
Around 3 p.m. on Sunday, female remains were found in a pond on Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, roughly two to three miles from the initial assault.
An autopsy is pending to confirm an exact cause of death and identity, but Fairfax County Police do believe they're Hussein's.
"My memory can only go back as far as the last 48 hours, and the memory of the [Hassanen] family that is in my mind is just grieving,” said Joshua Salaam, ADAM’s Chaplin.
Fairfax County Police collaborated with Loudoun County on the search for the victim and suspect, an effort that involved K-9's and helicopters.
Within hours, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old Sterling man, was arrested for murder.
“[We were in] complete shock. The youth and adults could not really express what they were feeling. It was overwhelming [and] just completely devastating. It was brutal,” explained Salaam.
ADAM’s has licensed counselors on site for those struggling.
Police said a baseball bat was recovered in connection to the crime.
Police announced the murder would not be investigated as a hate crime, something many are confused about.
However, Salaam wants to focus on interfaith cooperation, explaining, “People of all faiths came out to [to help and offer condolences].”
Multiple reports state Torres was arraigned in Fairfax County Court Monday and is being held without bail, but when we spoke with the court to confirm, their computer system was down.
Torres is expected to be back in court in July.
A suspect has been arrested for assaulting and killing a teenage girl in Sterling on Sunday.
Martinez Torres, 22, was taken into custody around 4 a.m. Sunday morning near Reston.
According to investigators with Fairfax County Police Department, the victim was walking outside with friends, when they got into a dispute with a man in a car, believed to be Torres.
The remains of the victim were found in a pond near the 21000-block of Ridgetop Circle. An autopsy will confirm her identity and determine the exact cause and manner of her death.