A man who plead guilty to murdering a teen walking to a mosque for an early morning service in Virginia has been sentenced to eight life terms without the possibility of parole, reports WAMU.
Martinez Torres entered his guilty plea in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. He raped and murdered Nabra Hassanen in 2017.
“I remember her every day. Every minute. I never forget her. She loved to help everybody. I miss her,” her father, Mahmoud Hassanen said to WAMU.
The sentence requires Torres to answer any question from the family for the next year.
“We need to know exactly why this happened, and part of the way we find out exactly why this happened is asking the killer himself why he did it,” said Gadeir Abbas, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, speaking for the family, told the Huff Post.
The teen’s friends plan to hold a charity event in her honor.
“Nabra was always very kind and giving. There was this unfortunate guy and he would come to McDonald’s and she’d always give him food,” said Afnan Abdelmaguid, according to WAMU. “And so this is something that she would love for us to do.”
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