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Berkeley Muslims Insist Teen Killing an Act of Islamophobia, Despite Police Finding to Contrary

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Muslims at Berkeley University in California insist a teen was killed by a passing motorist due to Islamophobia, despite a police ruling to the contrary.

The UC-Berkeley Muslim Student Association just held a vigil for Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen, who was killed on June 18 in an assault by motorist Darwin Martinez Torres.

A vigil is held for the killed Muslim teenager at University of Berkeley — California.

Torres is an illegal immigrant, and he was charged with murder.

But police didn’t affix a “hate crime” tag, because they said Islamophobia wasn’t a factor. Apparently, Muslims at the school don’t believe police and insist the crime was part and parcel of an anti-Islam belief they see as pervading U.S. society.

The College Fix (thanks to Jihad Watch) has the story:

Law enforcement officials charged Torres, an illegal immigrant, with murder. They call the incident one of “road rage” and say there’s no evidence by which to call it a hate crime.

The Berkeley MSA isn’t buying that, however. Chapter President Sarah Bellal said “Hopefully in recognizing who [Hassanen] was, we can also recognize the realities of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia and their intersections.”

And more, from the Daily Californian:

Participants at the vigil […] said they believe that the incident was a hate crime….

Emily Gottreich, a professor in the campus history department, alleged in an email she believes while this incident may have been instigated because of road rage, it is clearly an anti-Muslim and anti-female hate crime.

“Islamophobia (along with other forms of racism) has been latent in the US for a long time,” Gottreich said in an email. “Muslims are being targeted simply for practicing their religion during the holiest month of the year for them. It is unacceptable.”

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