Iraqi mother dies in pos­si­ble hate crime

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EL CA­JON | A woman from Iraq who was found beaten next to a threat­en­ing note say­ing “go back to your coun­try” has died, and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a hate crime.

Flow­ers were piled on the doorstep of the home Sun­day of Shaima Alawadi. A neigh­bor said the fam­ily had moved in only a few weeks ago. Daugh­ter Fa­tima Al Himidi, 17, 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?”

Hanif Mo­hebi, the di­rec­tor of the San Diego chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-is­lamic Re­la­tions, said Mrs. Alawadi was taken off life sup­port Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The 32-year-old mother of five had been hos­pi­tal­ized since be­ing found un­con­scious in the din­ing room of the fam­ily’s El Ca­jon home Wed­nes­day, po­lice Lt. Steve Shakowski said. “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.”

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