Monday's HOT MIC
Muslim girl killed in Virginia.
She was reportedly attacked after breaking the fast of Ramadan on Sunday morning. From The Washington Post:
On Sunday, police found the girl’s remains and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case.
The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston.
Fairfax County police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. On Monday, they did not release any explanation as to why they weren’t investigating the murder as a hate crime.
The Post story emphasized that police are not investigating the crime as a "hate crime," an assertion that appears in the very first sentence of the article. But the article later admits, "A possible hate-crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating, police said." Why is the Post attacking police for not already ruling this a hate crime?
Last month, two men on a Portland train were stabbed and killed after they intervened to protect two Muslim girls who were being harassed, according to authorities.
Sunday night, a van struck a crowd of pedestrians, including worshipers leaving a pair of mosques in London. Witnesses said the pedestrians were struck as they departed late-night prayers.
It is quite possible this woman was targeted for her faith, and local officials were right to condemn this murder in no uncertain terms. If evidence emerges that this was a hate crime, Virginia police are likely to investigate it as such.
“I can’t think of a worse instance to occur than the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day, as the father of a 17-year-old myself,” Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman said.