On Sunday night, authorities reported that they found the beaten body of 17 year-old Nabra in a pond in Sterling, Virginia. Earlier that morning, Nabra and her friends had left All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling to have breakfast at IHOP. On their way back to the mosque, Nabra was brutally assaulted and murdered by a motorist. Police have arrested and charged a man with the murder of Nabra Hassanen. However, authorities tweeted that they are not investigating the killing as a hate crime.
“This vile crime affects not only Nabra’s family and her community in the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), but the broader American community. This hate crime is against the American Youth, American Women, American Students, and the American Worshiper… it’s a crime against America and what we stand for. People of all faiths will join us in a communal prayer for Nabra, her family, and our country as we face these tumultuous times. We are not begging for justice, we are demanding that the Federal authorities assume jurisdiction and prosecute these offenses as a hate crime.”, says Wilfredo Ruiz, Communications Director for CAIR-Florida.
We invite all of our citizens, interfaith partners, and the social justice community to convene for a gathering for peace and prayer on Wednesday, June 21st at 7 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation of South Florida (5455 NW 108th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33351).
Please stand with our community as we demand justice for Nabra Hassanen.