Last March, Shaima Alawadi was murdered in what initially appeared to be a hate crime. The 32 year-old Iraqi Muslim woman was severely beaten, and a note found near her body read, “Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.” The subsequent police investigation cast doubt on the story, revealing turmoil in the family, prompting anti-Muslim bigots to immediately declare the murder an “honor killing.”
The details surrounding the case are still murky, but police records show Shaima Alawadi’s husband, Kassim Alhimidi, 48, has been arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder. From U-T San Diego:
El Cajon police are expected this afternoon to announce an update in the investigation of the beating death of an Iraqi woman who was attacked in her home eight months ago.
Jail records show the woman’s husband, Kassim Alhimidi, 48, was booked into jail Thursday evening by El Cajon police on one count of first degree murder. He is being held without bail.
Police have scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m.
Alhimidi’s wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found unconscious in the family’s Skyview Street home March 21. She was struck on the head at least six times and suffered four skull fractures, according to court records. She died in a hospital three days later.
The attack occurred about 11 a.m., after the husband had reportedly left to take four of the younger children to school. The couple’s 17-year-old daughter told police she was in her bedroom at the time of the attack. She found her mother on the floor and called 911.
The family said a note was found near Alawadi’s body, telling the family to go back where they came from. The family said a similar note had been left on their door weeks earlier, but they did not report the note or keep it.
Police said at the time they were investigating the possibility of a hate crime, but also said they “strongly believe” the attack was an isolated incident.
Alawadi apparently had been planning to divorce her husband and move with her children to Texas, where her relatives live, her brother told U-T San Diego.
If Mr. Alhimidi is found guilty, the loons will no doubt exploit this tragedy to further demonize Muslims, whether or not the murder really fits the profile of a so-called “honor killing,” or is simply a case of domestic violence.