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Iraqi woman severely beaten in Calif. home dies

5:40 am - 03/25/2012
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying "go back to your country" died on Saturday.

Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with Shaima Alawadi's family members in the morning and was told that she was taken off life support around 3 p.m.

"The family is in shock at the moment. They're still trying to deal with what happened," Mohebi said.


Alawadi, a mother of five, had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday in the family's house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

The daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron, and that the note said "go back to your country, you terrorist."

Addressing the camera, the tearful daughter asked: "You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?"


Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities.

Al Himidi told KGTV-TV her mother dismissed the first note, found outside the home, as a child's prank.

A family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told UT San Diego that the attack apparently occurred after the father took the younger children to school. Alzaidy told the newspaper the family is from Iraq, and that Alawadi is a "respectful modest muhajiba," meaning she wears the traditional hijab, a head scarf.

Investigators said they believe the assault is an isolated incident.

"A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will be looking at that," Lt. Mark Coit said. "We don't want to focus on only one issue and miss something else."

The family had lived in the house in San Diego County for only a few weeks, after moving from Michigan, Alzaidy said. Alzaidy told the newspaper her father and Alawadi's husband had previously worked together in San Diego as private contractors for the U.S. Army, serving as cultural advisers to train soldiers who were going to be deployed to the Middle East.

Mohebi said the family had been in the United States since the mid-1990s.

He said it was unfortunate that the family didn't report the initial threatening note.

"Our community does face a lot of discriminatory, hate incidents and don't always report them," Mohebi said. "They should take these threats seriously and definitely call local law enforcement."

El Cajon, northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to some 40,000 Iraqi immigrants, the second largest such community in the U.S. after Detroit.

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Between the subject above, this shit and someone spewing all sorts of vile nonsense about multiculturalism being anti-white... I just want to scream and break down completely.
deevee45 25th-Mar-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
This is truly horrifying... but I would not be surprised if it turned out to be something else and the note was made up. I think the thing that struck me was that she had a child who was 17, and she was 32, and that she already has five children. Maybe I'm off base... no matter what, truly heartbreaking that she died a horrific death.
spyral_path 25th-Mar-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Two of my friends were married with children by the time they were sixteen and all three of my father's sisters married in their mid teens. Stuff happens. It doesn't always mean the woman is the victim of abuse or forced into a marriage. If it was "something else" I don't think there would have been a made up note because that only brings more scrutiny.
girly123 25th-Mar-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Or it could just be Islamophobia.
That does happen.



Seriously, does every post about someone dying horribly at the hands of a racist need a comment like this?
(Edited because Islamphobia=/=racism, but still.)

Edited at 2012-03-25 05:48 am (UTC)
mystika387 25th-Mar-2012 08:29 am (UTC)
seriously, what? are you trying to say that she's a muslim woman who married young and had a number of children so she's likely in a abusive marriage? you need to check what you're saying here.

why are people so reluctant to accept that islamophobia kills?????
yeats 25th-Mar-2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
you are unbelievably off base.

fucking check yourself.
myrrhmade 25th-Mar-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Well that didn't take long. Happens every fucking time. smh
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