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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.
tenaciousrei 25th-Mar-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm just so upset right now. I have been praying for her and her family all night.

I'm a Black Muslim woman with three sons. After Trayvon, Rekia and now this? I'm really thinking about getting out of the USA in the next few years.
vanillakokakola 25th-Mar-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
shit, i'm white and i want to get out of the USA. i can't imagine how difficult it would be to have the issues i'm frustrated with compounded by the fact that our country gives zero fucks about racism (and that we have legitimate candidates for the presidency who are OPENLY RACIST)

it sucks, and i'm sorry :(
tenaciousrei 25th-Mar-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
It does and thanks. I hope it gets better here for everyone but I am not holding my breath.
mystika387 25th-Mar-2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Rabbi yassir wala tu'assir, inshaAllah. <3 <3
tenaciousrei 25th-Mar-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Inshallah <3
czarny 25th-Mar-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
I think it'd be easier for them to go to a more liberal area in the same country tbh. I'm from a small Austrian town and felt so much more at ease when I moved to Cologne, a much much larger and multi-ethnic liberal German city. The fact that I can walk hand in hand with my boyfriend who is a German citizen of Turkish ancestry makes me feel so much better.
girly123 25th-Mar-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've been looking into which countries I was going to move to eventually when shit here got unbearable, and most of the places I researched in Western Europe were...not better. Like, at all. (Lookin' at you, France and Germany.)

At this point, I'm thinking Brazil. If I'm going to have to live in racist demi-theocracy, I'd at least want to be warm while doing it.
girly123 25th-Mar-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
(Incoming cool story bro)
It's really hard, honestly. I really love America, and a lot of the things it represents insofar as multiculturalism goes, to the point that I'm willing to risk a lot to defend it and stick around to try to make things better, you know? The idea means too much to me to let the terrorists win.

At the same time, I want to be able to live long enough to see the America I want my children to grow up in. I don't know if it's better to cut my losses and gtfo while I can, or try to make this country a better place.
tenaciousrei 25th-Mar-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I know anti-black racism something I will have to deal with wherever I go to some degree. I can't really escape racism but I can go somewhere that will be easier to can just be Muslim. I'll take that.

I have some research to do before I decide on anywhere but I know a few Black Muslim that have left, my ex-husband is one. I'm going to talk to them first.
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