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Assaulted Iraqi woman dies

2012-03-25 14:21

El Cajon - 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 at around 15:00.

"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 hospitalised since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious on Wednesday in the family's house, police lieutenant 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, said 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," lieutenant 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 US 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 about 40 000 Iraqi immigrants, the second largest such community in the US after Detroit.

Comments
  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-25 15:57

    Homophobia alive in the US? I thought they had a model democracy and try teach the world about it

      Fred - 2012-03-25 16:35

      You're expecting perfection in an imperfect world

      Fred - 2012-03-25 16:40

      Do you comment on the horrendous car bombs and suicide attacks by the Jihadists in your midsts, that have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere, and the stoning to death of women by Islamic fundamentalists, both of which rightfully gives Islam such an awful image?

      BADBREATH - 2012-03-25 16:48

      @Fred you conveniently overlook the hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed by american bombs and soldiers, if you do the maths you would find the number killed by America supercedes those killed by Jihadist. Both are guilty of attrocities however the one acts in defence and the other is driven to kill by greed

      the-truth-shall-prevail - 2012-03-25 16:57

      when Americans kill we must see the world as imperfect, when jihadist kill we blame Islam?

      Fred - 2012-03-25 17:53

      You're conveniently lying.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-25 17:55

      And fred did you comment on how American/Allied troops killed innnocents in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan under the guise of democracy.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 18:08

      According to Fred, Muslims are supposed to just wait to be killed in those countries you mentioned, content in the knowledge that their and their families' deaths will be for the greater good. Demokrazy!

      Fred - 2012-03-25 19:01

      Stormkaap, you think you're helping Muslims, but you're not. You're harming them and yourself with your ignorance and the lies you're telling yourself.

      Fred - 2012-03-25 19:03

      No Fidel, I'm interested in the real killers of Muslims by the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere: the Jihadists who are trying to hijack the Islamic religion for their own twisted aims. This escapes you because you have an anti-West OCD, you like to lie to yourself, and you like your old pity-coat.

      the-truth-shall-prevail - 2012-03-25 19:15

      @Fred everyone that disagrees with you are liars? Or is this how react when you have no-other defence?

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 19:16

      The real killers of Muslims have been Nato and the Nazi bastard child!

  • Fred - 2012-03-25 16:35

    Shocking

      BADBREATH - 2012-03-25 16:50

      yes fred, its shocking to see what American civilians are capable of, the world already knows what the army speciality is.

      Fred - 2012-03-25 17:54

      You have an anti-US OCD

      the-truth-shall-prevail - 2012-03-25 19:17

      @Fred, you have an Anti Islam OCD, and a follow America Blindly PCD

  • Fred - 2012-03-25 16:40

    Do you comment on the horrendous car bombs and suicide attacks by the Jihadists in your midsts, that have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere, and the stoning to death of women by Islamic fundamentalists, both of which rightfully gives Islam such an awful image?

      BADBREATH - 2012-03-25 16:52

      Fred you such a bore, stop defending the true aggresors, see america for what it is

      Fred - 2012-03-25 17:53

      Badbreath, when you start telling yourself the truth, you'll see a truer reality.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 18:14

      That is what happens Fred when you democracy loving masters start bombing the sh1t out of other people, out of ignorance, because of lack of understanding of history, because of greed. Iraq like Syria had/has a secular government/s that ensures that no particular religious affiliation gains too much power. Secular governments are important in Arab lands in which there is division between Sunni and Shi’ite. Secular governments keep the divided population from murdering one another. The stupid Americans and their British lackeys overthrew the Saddam Hussein secular government, the Iraqi Sunnis and Shi’ites went to war against one another.

      Fred - 2012-03-25 19:04

      The level of your analysis is clearly childish and adolescent Fidel.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 19:17

      In other words, you have no credible response!

  • Gregory - 2012-03-25 18:21

    Mother of 5 @ 32. Poor women and to die in such a savage brutal way. Her killers are animals.

      Phillip - 2012-03-25 23:49

      Yeah! I also figure it horrendous to have 5 kids @ 32! Her husband banged her up ever so often. Are they trying to create another Iraq in the US?

      the-truth-shall-prevail - 2012-03-26 07:34

      Phillip you must be an Israely or an American, they are the only people capable of such comments

      Moi - 2012-03-26 09:11

      She was 15 when she had her daughter. I'm hoping that the 17 year old is her first child.

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