“Go Back to Your Country, Terrorist”: Iraqi Woman Shaima Alawadi Brutally Beaten to Death in Her California Home
She survived Saddam Hussein, but not San Diego…
An Iraqi woman living in southern California who was brutally beaten in an apparent hate crime committed in her own home has died after three days on life support.
CNN reports that 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, a married mother of five, was attacked with a tire iron on Wednesday in her El Cajon, California home and left to die with a racist note left by her side.
It told the family to go back to their country and called them “terrorists.”
Alawadi had been on life support since Wednesday, when one of her daughters returned home to find her unconscious on the living room floor.
Nothing was stolen from the home, leading police to believe the attack was a hate crime.
“During the initial investigation, a threatening note was discovered very close to where the victim was found,” Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon Police said. A similar note was found outside the home earlier this month, but the family decided not to report it to authorities.
“A week ago they left a letter saying, ‘This is our country, not yours, you terrorists,’” daughter Fatima Al Himidi told KGTV. “So my mom ignored that, thinking (it was) kids playing around, pranking. And so the day they hurt her, they left it again and it said the same thing.”
“Why did you take my mother away from me?” she tearfully asked in an interview with KUSI. “Why? Why did you do it? I want to know. Answer me that.”
Alawadi’s five children range in age from 8 to 17. The family emigrated to El Cajon, which is in San Diego County and has a large Iraqi population, in the 1990s.
The young woman’s murder has drawn comparisons to the killing of unarmed hoodie-wearing teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last month.
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