FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – Outbursts by the parents of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was slain as she walked to a mosque with friends delayed a court hearing for the man accused of the crime.
Nabra Hassanen’s mother threw a shoe at the 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, the defendant, and shouted “I’ll kill you.”
Her father was restrained by deputies as he moved toward Martinez Torres at a preliminary hearing Friday.
The courtroom was cleared.
Hassanen was out late with friends and was walking back to a mosque for pre-dawn Ramadan services on June 18. Police say she was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.
Police have said the slaying is a case of road rage that began when Torres was driving and encountered Hassanen’s friends walking in the street.