Thu Apr 5, 2012, 07:19 PM

Iraqi Hate Crime Murder Probe Raises Questions About Daughter, Husband

Source: ABC

April 5, 2012

Police investigating the murder of an Iraqi mother in southern California, initially thought to be a hate crime, have filed papers with a court that suggest the mother had a difficult relationship with her daughter and her husband.

The beating death last month of Shaima Alawadi, 32, of El Cajon, shook the Iraqi-American community when her family reported that a note was found next to Alawadi's body, reportedly saying "go back to your own country, you terrorist."

Alawadi's 17-year-old daughter, Fatima, told police that a similar note had been found a week prior to the murder, but the mother thought of it as a joke and threw it away. Court documents now show that the note was a copy of an original, and the earlier note has never been seen.

The family, including Fatima and Alawadi's husband, are now in Iraq, where they went for Alawadi's burial.


Response to cali (Original post)Thu Apr 5, 2012, 07:24 PM
Schema Thing (7,986 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
1. Like I couldn't see this coming from 2400 miles away.

Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #2)Thu Apr 5, 2012, 07:38 PM
snagglepuss (7,897 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore
5. I too have had my suspicions from the getgo. Had the murder happened in a

street or other public area then I'd have a lot less suspicion but I just don't buy that someone targets a private citizen in her home after lobbing a stone with a note thru a window. Given the number of people who automatically assumed it was a hate crime just shows that someone may have planned the almost perfect murder.

7. Unfortunately too many people (DUers included) wanted this to be a religious hate crime

and were willing to overlook obvious signs that this anything but....

Here's another DU thread where the slaying is spawning stupid religious faux-outrage (and not enough critical thinking skills)....

Million hijabs shows solidarity for slain Muslim woman...