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The man accused in the death of a Muslim teen in Virginia reportedly was detained by ICE

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UPDATE June 20 1:43 p.m. EST:


The 22-year-old man accused in the killing of a Muslim teenager in Virginia on Sunday has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to The Hill.

Darwin Martinez Torres, who is a citizen of El Salvador, was detained shortly after his arrest.

Police say Darwin Martinez Torres, the man accused of killing Nabra Hassanen over the weekend, saw the group walking and riding bicycles in the street and on the sidewalk before the incident, according to CNN. 

Police believe that Torres became so enraged after arguing with one teen he drove up on a curb. He later found the group in a nearby parking lot, chased them on foot with a baseball bat and allegedly beat Nabra, according to CNN.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Virginia police on Monday said "road rage" was to blame for the slaying of a Muslim girl who was attacked by a driver while walking with friends to her mosque between Ramadan prayers over the weekend.

At this point, authorities said they haven't found a link "between the victim's faith or religious beliefs or the mosque and the crime itself."

But the absence of a hate crime investigation has raised questions among some American Muslims.

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was charged with murder in Nabra Hassanen's death.

Abas Sherif, a spokesman for the victim's family, said the 17-year-old and the other girls in her group were all wearing hijabs and loose Islamic robes when the attack happened. 

"Road rage. Indeed. If you think for a minute that her appearance had nothing to do with this crime, you're lying to yourself," prominent Muslim activist and attorney, Rabia Chaudry, tweeted. 

Investigators said Nabra and her friends were walking from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society center around 4 a.m. Sunday to get something to eat before their religious fast. That's when a car pulled up beside them and suddenly hopped the curb. 

A man then got out of the vehicle and assaulted Nabra, according to police. The teens ran from the scene and called police after they realized she was missing. 

Nabra's remains were found in a pond around 3 p.m. on Sunday in Sterling, Virginia. 

Torres, of Sterling, was arraigned Monday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He is being held without bail until his next court appearance on July 19. 

Although some in the Muslim-American community are calling for a hate crime investigation, Nabra's father said he's not particularly interested in finding out why his daughter was attacked. 

"My daughter is dead, and I don't want anyone to feel what I feel, to lose your 17-year-old daughter ... Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hispanic, whatever," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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