Darwin Martinez-Torres, 25, of Sterling, today pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Circuit Court to rape and murder in the brutal fatal beating of Nabra Hassanen as she was walking to Ramadan services at the ADAMS Center mosque in Sterling in June 2017.
Under the plea agreement supported by prosecutors, Martinez-Torres would avoid a lengthy capital murder trial that could result in the death penalty, but will spent the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Martinez-Torres was indicted in October 2017 on the capital murder charge.
On June 18, 2017, Hassanen was walking along Dranesville Road just over Loudoun County’s eastern boundary with a group of teens returning to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society after an early-morning, pre-fast meal at a nearby restaurant. Martinez Torres, an El Salvadorian construction worker, was driving by when he got into an altercation with group.
According to the initial report, a red car came up on the group from behind at 3:40 a.m. The driver got into an argument with a youth on a bike and then drove onto the curb and sidewalk. The teens ran away. Investigators said Martinez Torres found the group again later and chased them with a baseball bat. Hassanen was stuck, and he put her in his car.
It appears Hassanen was assaulted a second time near Martinez Torres’ apartment complex, near the pond were her body was found. The medical examiner ruled that she died from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.
Investigators said the attack did not appear to be a hate crime targeting Muslim worshipers.