Iraqi mother dies in possible hate crime
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.”