FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA (Fox News) – A 22-year-old illegal immigrant who beat a 17-year-old Muslim girl to death has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen of El Salvador got into an altercation with Nabra Hassanen on Sunday morning in Virginia in what was reportedly a road rage incident. He assaulted her with a metal baseball bat, killing her and dumped her body in a pond.
ICE confirmed Torres is in the country illegally after a delay to say so.
Fairfax Co. police have stated it was not a hate crime despite initial speculation.
Martinez Torres, who works in construction and has a 4-year-old son, was arrested by police on Sunday evening after friends of Hassanen reported her missing and Torres’ car was spotted driving erratically in the area.
The authorities are not investigating Hassanen’s death as a hate crime, despite the 17-year-old’s father telling the press he is “100 percent sure” she was killed for being a Muslim.
Mohmoud Hassanen, 60, said in an interview with The Guardian: “He followed the girls, and all of them had head cloths, meaning they are Muslim, and he had a baseball stick.”