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CAIR Welcomes Guilty Plea by Man Who Murdered Va. Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/28/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a guilty plea by Darwin Martinez-Torres, 25, for the June 2017 murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Va. CAIR said the plea deal allows Martinez-Torres to avoid a potential death penalty.

After today’s plea hearing in Fairfax, Va., CAIR held a news conference with members of Hassanen’s family. CAIR has provided extensive legal assistance to the family.

Video: Full CAIR News Conference

CAIR: Guilty plea in Muslim teen’s death; will carry life sentence (AP)

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We welcome this guilty plea and hope it brings Nabra’s family some measure of closure and comfort. This tragic case has impacted the local community and people of all faiths nationwide, particularly parents and youth. We hope Nabra’s murderer will now receive the maximum sentence possible.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,;  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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