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Vigils Held Nationwide for Slain Muslim Teen

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(AP) - Vigils are being held around the country to honor a Muslim teen who police say was fatally beaten with a baseball bat by an angry driver as she walked with friends to a Virginia mosque this weekend.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment CEO Rana Abdelhamid said by telephone that her group partnered with groups in cities around the nation to hold vigils Tuesday for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and stand in solidarity with her family.

Abdelhamid says there were vigils planned in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit.  A vigil also is planned for Wednesday in Hassanen's hometown of Reston, Virginia.

Police say the Egyptian-American girl died of blunt force trauma to the upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of El Salvador attacked her with a baseball bat in a Washington suburb. Police have described it as a road rage incident and say there's no evidence to suggest it was a hate crime.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.