By Tom Reopelle

EL CAJON (CBS) — The body of a 32-year-old mother and Iraqi immigrant will be flown back to Iraq for burial after she died over the weekend from a fatal assault in her Southland home.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports police on Monday were investigating the attack on Shaima Alawadi as a possible hate crime.

Alawadi was taken off life support this weekend after police said she was found severely beaten and unconscious in her dining room in El Cajon last Wednesday.

She was later determined to be brain-dead at a local hospital and eventually removed from life support systems on Saturday afternoon.

Her 17-year-old daughter discovered her mom unconscious alongside a menacing note.

“A week ago they left a letter saying, ‘This is our country, not yours, you terrorist,”, said Fatima Al Himidi. “My mom ignored that, thinking [it was] just kids playing around, pranking.”

Police would not confirm the note’s contents, but El Cajon Police spokeswoman Monica Zech said the murder is being fully investigated.

“They’re interviewing a lot of people, they’re just looking at what was going on in the family and in general, if this could have been a hate crime, if this could have been something else,” said Zech.

Local Muslim leaders said the victim’s father is a Shiite cleric in Iraq.

The beating does appear to be an “isolated incident”, although Zech noted that the family did report receiving a similarly threatening note a few days before the assault.

A growing population of Iraqi nationals have immigrated to the suburban neighborhood east of San Diego, including Alawadi, who recently moved there from Michigan with her family.

Comments (8)
  1. Chuey says:

    Horribly tragic..but let us wait until a thorough investigation is complete. Seldom does anything appear as it appears…….no matter how thin you slice the baloney, there is always two sides to it.

  2. Chuey says:

    Honor killing. Husband or male family member. This was no no hate crime. Generally speaking, murderers do not leave notes at the scene nor do they enter the home thru a window broken from the inside. Why did you bury this article?

    1. jasim almusawi says:

      it is hate crime because she wearing aveil

  3. Do The Math says:

    Assuming he married her at 14 years old…. with a 10 month pregnancy, the first born child today is 17 when the mom died at 32? This means she was about 14 when she was SOLD to him. …HELLO?…she bore him 5 children? This was an honor killing

    1. jasim almusawi says:

      stop this noinsense speech your may be from hate group who killed her .please just shut up you do not know you do not nothing

  4. Do The Math says:

    The family had lived in Saudi Arabia until 1995, and are probably extreme. Her own father, Sayed Nabeel Alawadi, is a prominent Shia cleric in Iraq and very extremist. This does not pass the smell test, sorry