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Iraqi woman critically beaten in Calif.; threat note left at scene
Message told family to 'go back to your own country,' friend says


EL CAJON, Calif. — A 32-year-old woman from Iraq was critically injured after being severely beaten in her Southern California home, and police said a threatening note was discovered at the scene.

The woman's 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday morning in the dining room of the house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said. Authorities identified the victim as Shaima Alawadi, a mother of five.

The daughter told KUSI-TV that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron.

Police Lt. Mark Coit said a threatening note was discovered "very close to where the victim was found," but he did not disclose other details of the note. The family said they had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities, Coit said.

Sura Alzaidy, a family friend, told UT San Diego the note told the family to “go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”

Alzaidy said 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.

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.

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.
This is so sad and to think they called them terrorist.

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(Reuters) - A mother from Iraq who was severely beaten in her southern California home and left with a threatening note nearby died on Saturday, and police are considering a hate crime as a possible motive in the murder investigation.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found unconscious in the dining room of her home in El Cajon, near San Diego, on Wednesday morning by her 17-year-old daughter, said El Cajon police spokesman Lieutenant Mark Coit.

She was taken to a local trauma center with grave injuries. Doctors took her off life support and she died on Saturday afternoon, Coit said.

During the initial stages of the investigation, Coit said a threatening note was discovered "very close to where the victims was found."

The victim's daughter and family friends told local news media that the note threatened Alawadi because she was Iraqi and called her death a hate crime -- a possibility that Coit said police were considering.

"We are looking at all aspects of this crime including that possibility," Coit told Reuters. "We want to stay open-minded so we make sure we don't miss anything." Alawadi's family told investigators that they had found a similar note earlier this month, but did not report it to authorities, Coit said. He did not detail the contents of the threatening note found near the dying woman. But a family friend, Sura Alzaidy, told the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper the note read: "Go back to your own country. You're a terrorist." Shahina Sial, the landlord of the rented home in El Cajon where Alawadi's family lived, said the family had only lived at the property for a few weeks, after moving back to San Diego County from Michigan.

Sial said Alawadi's husband works as a contractor for the U.S. military. Coit asked anyone with information regarding the investigation to contact the El Cajon Police Department.

(Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by David
This breaks my heart. How can someone call someone a terrorist and terrorize women and children like these terrorist did to this innocent family?

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Really sad.

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Really sad.
I hope they hurry up and find out who did this. What cowards to beat an innocent woman like that.

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Racism is the most ignorant concept ever dreamed up. And it's always the most vile elements of society who practice it. How sad that this young mother of 5 is not expected to survive her injuries. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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Racism is the most ignorant concept ever dreamed up. And it's always the most vile elements of society who practice it. How sad that this young mother of 5 is not expected to survive her injuries. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
She died yesterday evening.

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RIP Mrs. Alawadi.

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some on other boards hurried to blame the husband who "is arab/muslim and probably killed her because she did not want to follow his orders and he covered it up with the note..."


I mean - really???

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She died yesterday evening.
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some on other boards hurried to blame the husband who "is arab/muslim and probably killed her because she did not want to follow his orders and he covered it up with the note..."


I mean - really???
Wasn't the husband out with the son?

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omg this is so sad I seriously can't believe people! I hope they find out who did this! Not like it will bring her But justice still needs to be done..

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That's awful, hopefully they will catch the person or persons.
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Racism is the most ignorant concept ever dreamed up. And it's always the most vile elements of society who practice it. How sad that this young mother of 5 is not expected to survive her injuries. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
No - racism is a term applied in many ways. Some of the things it's applied to are understandable. No - in fact many of the people who are constantly crying about it, practice elements of it themselves. Yes - and even if she does survive the attack itself is vile. Very much yes.

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No - racism is a term applied in many ways. Some of the things it's applied to are understandable. No - in fact many of the people who are constantly crying about it, practice elements of it themselves. Yes - and even if she does survive the attack itself is vile. Very much yes.

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So what more do they need to call it a hate crime or bias crime (I'm not familiar with California laws)?

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