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Shaima Alawadi: Iraqi Muslim Woman Severely Beaten, Note Near Her Body Read, “Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”

 

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Shaima AlAwadi

A hijab wearing Iraqi woman has been severely beaten and is not expected to recover from a violent attack on her inside of her home near San Diego.

Apparently this was a premeditated attack. A similar note to the one found by Shaima Alawadi’s body was found by the Alawadi family earlier this month, but the family dismissed it as a “prank.”

USAToday reports:

A family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told the newspaper UT San Diego that the attack apparently occurred after the father took the younger children to school.

Was someone scoping the house out before the attack, waiting for an opportune moment to strike?

A woman’s life has most likely been taken as she is not expected to survive the gruesome attack. What motivated this individual to do something so grisly? If what Alzaidy told the newspaper is true, and we see no reason why it wouldn’t be, clearly we are witnessing an attack motivated by hatred and bigotry.

Islamophobes will try and claim another Muslim did this, but how then do they explain the note?

*I want to point out that we cannot conclude anything at this point, some facts have been presented, such as the note but we will have to wait for the police investigation to relay more information on this crime.

California: Muslim woman’s attacker left note reading ‘Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist’

A 32-year-old woman was critically injured and not expected to survive after an assault in her El Cajon home on Wednesday, police said Friday, and a threatening note telling the mother of five to go back to her home country was found near her, a family friend said.

The woman’s 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious in the dining room of the house on Skyview Street off Lemon Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, said El Cajon police Lt. Steve Shakowski. Police identified her as Shaima Alawadi.

“Based on the type of injuries Alawadi sustained, and other evidence retrieved at the scene, this case is being investigated as a homicide,” Shakowski said.

Police did not disclose the contents of the note. Sura Alzaidy, a family friend, said it told the family to “go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.” The family is from Iraq, and Alawadi is a “respectful modest muhajiba,” meaning she wears the traditional hijab, a head scarf, Alzaidy said.

El Cajon police Lt. Mark Coit said the family stated they had found a similar note earlier this month, however did not report it to authorities.

The daughter who found her mother told KUSI Channel 9/51 on Friday night that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron. She said her mother had dismissed the previous note, found outside the house, thinking it was a child’s prank.

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Update I: Shaima Alawadi has succumbed to her injuries according to this youtube user who uploaded video of Alawadi’s daughter being interviewed:

Update II:  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 (http://bit.ly/GYbfB7) 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.

Update III:  Reporting from San Diego— El Cajon police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant and have not ruled out the possibility that Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime.

“We’re investigating all aspects of this crime,” Lt. Mark Coit said Sunday. “The minute you rule out a possible motive, you start to get tunnel vision. As of now, we have not ruled out any of the motives for why people kill people.”

Near the body of the 32-year-old Alawadi, police found what has been described as a threatening note. Police have declined to release the text, but relatives and friends say the handwritten note warned Alawadi to “go back to your own country” and labeled her a terrorist.

The family told police they had received a similarly threatening note several days earlier but considered it a prank by teenagers.

Alawadi was found unconscious Wednesday morning in the dining room of the family’s home by her 17-year-old daughter. She was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed as brain-dead. Her family decided on Saturday to discontinue life support.

Police said that whatever the motive, the attack appears to be “an isolated event,” not part of an overall pattern of violence toward immigrants.

Coit said police are unsure about the murder weapon but that Alawadi was beaten with a large object.

Alawadi’s husband had reportedly left earlier to take the couple’s younger children to school.

Alawadi and her husband had moved to El Cajon from a Detroit suburb several weeks ago. The two areas are considered the most popular destinations for Iraqi immigrants to the United States.

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  • Abdul

    I firmly believe the sadistic, ruthless and cruel murderers are worse than Nazis, Facists and Communists. The murderers and their horrible hate crime simply reflect the corruption, immorality, hypocrisy and insanity of the USA. That’s why I am NOT surprised to see the ruthless and sadistic US armed forces terrorizing and murdeirng innocent people in cold blood in foreign countries that they have invaded and occupied illegally ! Shame on the USA !

  • Young & Free
  • Ilisha

    @sanwin

    What evidence is there of an ‘honor killing’? Even if there is foul play, that doesn’t automatically equate to a so-called ‘honor killing’ just because they’re Muslim. We simply don’t know at this point exactly what motivated this crime, and jumping to conclusions isn’t helpful.

  • sanwin

    I’ll just answer one of the question Awesome posed :

    he evidence of the break-in was at the rear of the home, so we do know the point of entry. It’s in the TV-report posted above, and the family has confirmed this.

    - How do we know it was the point of entry and not the point of exit?

    If it was the exit, the killer only had to OPEN the door, he didn’t need to smash through the glass.

    Now with the latest news stories, it’s becoming clearer that this was far from a hate crime, more along the lines of an honor killing.

  • Awesome

    @ Jack,

    the evidence of the break-in was at the rear of the home, so we do know the point of entry. It’s in the TV-report posted above, and the family has confirmed this.

    - How do we know it was the point of entry and not the point of exit?

    Now, if it went down like you speculate, and the killer rang the front door first, Shaima Al Alwadi would have had even more time to alert the police.

    - That’s only if she were suspicious of the person(s) ringing the door bell. If she let her guard down and opened the door, letting them in, then she wouldn’t have any time to alert the police before they launched the assault.

    Now, according to the family, the killer snuck into the back yard, saw Shaima in the dining room, somehow managed to break the rear window without making any noise, then opened window from the inside, entered the home, bashed Shaima Al Alwadi’s head in with a metal rod – and all of this went down silently enough for the 17 year old Fatima to sleep through entirely.

    Now that’s odd… One would assume that if somebody breaks in your home and starts beating you with an iron rod, you would start screaming like hell.

    - That depends on how quickly she lost consciousness. No one is going to retain consciousness for any extended period of time while being beaten with a tire iron, and she may have lost consciousness with the first or second blow. Also, while glass breaking does make a noise, it isn’t necessarily going to be enough to wake someone up, nor is the beating.

    Here’s what Shaima’s cousin Hussein has to say about how the bludgeoning went down:

    “He first hit her on her forehead then on her right ear. The third strike was on the back of her head. This was followed by five fast and consecutive strikes on her head and shoulders.”

    That’s from an interview with Al Arabiya. So, how exactly does the family know this? Does the local Texas CSI department share that kind of details of the crime with family members?

    - I believe this happened in California near San Diego, not Texas. It’s conceivable that an investigator had told him those details, since the grieving loved ones are sometimes kept updated on the investigation.

    After this, according to the family, the killer went away; leaving a racist note.

    But…but… if the killer had been scoping the place out, biding his time for the father to leave with his youngest children, wouldn’t the killer have known there was another girl in the house? After killing the mother so meticulously and cold-blooded, why didn’t he (or they) comb the house through to look for other potential victims?

    - If the motive was simply to kill all those residing inside the house, then why not break in when everyone is home and gun them down like those mass murderers did to those people in those Afghan villages?

    Clearly, based on the note being left, the motive was to send a message to the family and/or to those Arabs and Muslims who happen to hear about it.

    The more we learn about the story, the more doesn’t add up. The family is much too keen on filling in the details of the murder for my taste. And then there’s the behavior of the seventeen year old daughter in the video posted above.

    She acts as if she’s all heartbroken and crying, but it comes across as an act to me. And I’m not the only one who’s left with that impression.

    Fatima wears sunglasses, which is convenient, because we don’t get to see the expression in her eyes. But what stands out is the lack of tears running down past her sunglasses.

    - Not everyone likes to go out of their way to wear their emotions, advertising them to everyone, and I would be more suspicious of those who do, than those who try to conceal them in some way. Also, I’ve seen people in grief wear sunglasses, so that doesn’t seem unusual at all.

    Furthermore, she berates the killer from attacking her mother from behind. So… how exactly does she know this?

    - More than likely, an investigator told her, which isn’t unusual.

    Summarizing:

    1. The whole notion about some xenophobe leaping from sending a racist note one day and then scoping out the home a few weeks later in order to actually break in and bashing in someone’s skull seems out of character for these types of hate crimes to me.

    - It’s only out of character if you assume that the assailant(s) aren’t from that neighborhood. If they’re the only Muslim family living in that area, then it seems conceivable that it was probably one of their neighbors.

    2. The family is way too forthcoming with details about how the murder went down. It’s as if they are consciously painting a picture which leads away from one or more family members being conceived of as possible suspects.

    - It’s also possible that the investigators informed them of those details.

    3. The account of the murder as told by the family doesn’t add up.

    - It seems to add up just fine from my perspective.

    3. The way the only person admittedly in the house at the time of the murder, 17 year old daughter Fatima, conducts herself in the interview, raises several red flags.

    - The “red flags” are almost entirely speculative, and I don’t agree that they’re that suspicious at all.

    All in all, I’d be cautious of parading this particular murder as a tell-tale example of how islamophobic propaganda incites to commit random acts of violence against Muslims, because it might just come back to bite you in the bum.

    - It isn’t unusual for individuals of persecuted minorities to make a crime against another of the same minority, appear as a “hate crime”, and in almost all the cases like that, which I’ve seen, it involved non-Muslim minorities.

    It may be too soon to jump to conclusions on this case, but given the context, a genuine hate crime seems to be the more likely possibility based on what is already known.

  • Zakster

    Inna-Lillah-e-Wa-Inna-Ilaih-e-Rajioon…

  • One Million Hijabs for Shaima Al Awadi
  • Jack

    @Awesome; the evidence of the break-in was at the rear of the home, so we do know the point of entry. It’s in the TV-report posted above, and the family has confirmed this.

    Now, if it went down like you speculate, and the killer rang the front door first, Shaima Al Alwadi would have had even more time to alert the police.

    Now, according to the family, the killer snuck into the back yard, saw Shaima in the dining room, somehow managed to break the rear window without making any noise, then opened window from the inside, entered the home, bashed Shaima Al Alwadi’s head in with a metal rod – and all of this went down silently enough for the 17 year old Fatima to sleep through entirely.

    Now that’s odd… One would assume that if somebody breaks in your home and starts beating you with an iron rod, you would start screaming like hell.

    Here’s what Shaima’s cousin Hussein has to say about how the bludgeoning went down:

    “He first hit her on her forehead then on her right ear. The third strike was on the back of her head. This was followed by five fast and consecutive strikes on her head and shoulders.”

    That’s from an interview with Al Arabiya. So, how exactly does the family know this? Does the local Texas CSI department share that kind of details of the crime with family members?

    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/27/203513.html

    After this, according to the family, the killer went away; leaving a racist note.

    But…but… if the killer had been scoping the place out, biding his time for the father to leave with his youngest children, wouldn’t the killer have known there was another girl in the house? After killing the mother so meticulously and cold-blooded, why didn’t he (or they) comb the house through to look for other potential victims?

    The more we learn about the story, the more doesn’t add up. The family is much too keen on filling in the details of the murder for my taste. And then there’s the behavior of the seventeen year old daughter in the video posted above.

    She acts as if she’s all heartbroken and crying, but it comes across as an act to me. And I’m not the only one who’s left with that impression.

    http://blog.eyesforlies.com/2012/03/mom-beaten-daughter-speaks-out.html

    Fatima wears sunglasses, which is convenient, because we don’t get to see the expression in her eyes. But what stands out is the lack of tears running down past her sunglasses.

    Furthermore, she berates the killer from attacking her mother from behind. So… how exactly does she know this?

    Summarizing:

    1. The whole notion about some xenophobe leaping from sending a racist note one day and then scoping out the home a few weeks later in order to actually break in and bashing in someone’s skull seems out of character for these types of hate crimes to me.

    2. The family is way too forthcoming with details about how the murder went down. It’s as if they are consciously painting a picture which leads away from one or more family members being conceived of as possible suspects.

    3. The account of the murder as told by the family doesn’t add up.

    3. The way the only person admittedly in the house at the time of the murder, 17 year old daughter Fatima, conducts herself in the interview, raises several red flags.

    All in all, I’d be cautious of parading this particular murder as a tell-tale example of how islamophobic propaganda incites to commit random acts of violence against Muslims, because it might just come back to bite you in the bum.

  • Awesome

    @ ALI

    It is a free country, and those who live in it legally have every right to look, dress, eat, work, speak, worship, vote and listen however they wish to, and you have no right to prevent them from doing so. You don’t define America, and you are not America, as you are only ever going to be a part of it and nothing more. The only thing culturally American is freedom, and there is nothing more “un-American” than trying to oppose it.

    @ Jack

    A lot of this depends on how many people were involved, what their goal was, and what condition the victim was in when the attack happened. Also, we don’t know the point of entry so it may have been the front door. It may also be that they did ring the door bell and she simply didn’t answer, so they decided to break in. The family did receive threatening letters before, so its possible she was reluctant to open the door for someone she didn’t know. Also, the break-in and assault could have happened in a matter of seconds depending on where she was and how vulnerable she was. If home invasions are targeting people instead of just robberies, you aren’t going to have any time at all to call 911 before they get to you.

  • Ahmed

    @)ALI If your terrorist soldiers weren’t occupying their country polluting it with depleted uranium they wouldn’t come to your country.

  • Black Infidel

    I agree with you ALI.

  • Black Infidel

    @Franczeska: Since you mentioned Anti-Semitism, there has been a lot of Anti-Semitism crimes in New Jersey as of late.

  • Jack

    Awesome – I get your argument, and this murder certainly appears to be a hate crime.

    Still, I can’t help but get a queezy feeling about it either. Hate criminals don’t usually break into peoples homes in order to kill their intended victims. And even if one would target somebody in their own home, wouldn’t it be much simpler to just ring the doorbell, wait for the intended victim to answer the door and then push them back and overpower them? That’s how most home robberies go down, if only because breaking and entering costs time and gives the target a chance to call for help.

    Which leads me to my second remark: the footage of the break-in shows an entire window missing and boarded up. But that would seem to me to make a lot of noise. Now, if somebody tries to break in to your home like that, wouldn’t you notice the noise and subsequently call 911?

    So there are some aspects of the case which simply don’t add up to me.

    Now, I may be wrong and it may very well turn out to be a hate crime, but until there’s a credible suspect confessing to the crime and the motives behind it, it may be prudent to postpone judgement.

  • Awesome

    @ Jeremy

    You are making a considerable effort to confound what is clearly apparent about this case, and I can’t help but think that it is because even you can’t fathom how something so senseless could happen; how a Muslim mother of 5, could become a victim in her own home of anti-Muslim bigotry.

    Granted, conclusions can’t be made at this point, but you can still have working theories, and from what is already known about this case, the available evidence clearly points in the “hate crime” direction. Statistics are irrelevant, as all that is relevant in this case are the facts that are related to it.

    Fact 1 – a Muslim woman was bludgeoned to death with a tire iron

    Fact 2 – There were clear indications of forced entry

    Fact 3 – Notes reflecting a strong, threatening anti-Muslim sentiment were left before and at the murder

    Statistics don’t determine reality, they only measure it. Now, based only on these 3 facts, what is the most apparent theory of what happened, that a sensible person can come up with?

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