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Monday
Apr022012

Victim of Possible Hate Crime Buried in Iraq

Comstock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, California)  -- An Iraqi woman who was found slain in her California home last month was buried Saturday in her native country.

While mourners laid to rest Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, police in El Cajon continued their investigation that her murder was the result of a hate crime.

Alawadi was found beaten unconscious by her teenage daughter at her family's home on March 21. A few days later, the woman was taken off life-support.

Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon police said, "During the initial stages of this investigation, a threatening note was discovered very close to where the victim was found."

While investigators did not discuss the exact nature of the note, the dead woman's daughter said it threatened her family and demanded that they return to Iraq.

The teen also claimed they received a similar warning earlier in the month, but did not report it to police. Fatima Al Himidi said that note read, "This is our country, not yours, you terrorists," but her mother ignored it, believing it was just a prank. El Cajon has a large Iraqi community.

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Sunday
Mar252012

Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death in California, Hate Crime Suspected

ABC News (EL CAJON, Calif.) -- A woman from Iraq who was found beaten, lying in a pool of blood in her in El Cajon, Calif., home next to a note saying “go back to your country,” has died and police are investigating her death as a possible a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi’s  17-year-old daughter found her unconscious on the dining room floor of her home on Wednesday. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but she was taken off of the device around 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“Our understanding is that she was beaten and she was hit with some kind of a tool about 8 times in the head. She was knocked on the floor and was found in a pool of blood,” said Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Alawadi was a 32-year-old mother of five children, ranging in age from eight to 17.

“A week ago they left a letter saying ‘This is our country, not yours you terrorist,’ and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank,” Alawadi’s daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told ABC News affiliate KGTV. “But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.”

Al Himidi told KGTV the intruders did not steal anything from their home, and the only motive must have been hate.

Al Awadi immigrated to the United States from Iraq in the mid-1990s.

There is a large Iraqi population in El Cajon, Mohebi said, and its members often face “discriminatory hate incidents.”

“Our ultimate goal is that whoever did this is brought to justice,” Mohebi said.

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