ICSC sends its condolences to Alawadi Family, MPAC Urges DOJ to Monitor
The Islamic Center of Southern California would like to convey its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community of sister Shaima Alawadi, a local SoCal Muslim woman of Iraqi origin. Her brutal beating and murder appear to be for reasons of hatred and bigotry (see article in the LA Times Iraqi Woman Dies After Beating; Threatening Note Found Nearby ). We ask that God Almighty enter her into paradise and that He grant patience to those who knew and loved her. We also ask that the local and federal authorities diligently pursue justice in the capture and prosecution of the assailant in this case and they take additional steps to protect the Muslim American community from those that would do us harm.
The Muslim Public Affairs Counsel too issued a statement about the sad loss of Mrs. Alawadi: ”Our deepest condolences are with the family of Shamia Alawadi,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President. “Her senseless death and the brutal nature of the crime are astonishing. We trust law enforcement will investigate this issue, and we pray Alawadi’s family will be able to find some comfort during this difficult time.” MPAC has asked the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to closely monitor the developments of the case, and we are in communications with the San Diego Police. If the death is confirmed as a hate crime, law enforcement officials must prosecute this incident to the fullest extent of the law.
Alawadi was attacked at her El Cajon, CA, home on Friday morning, while her husband was taking their children to school. The victim’s 17-year-old daughter found her mother laying in a pool of blood with a note next to her severely beaten body suggesting a potential hate crime. Alawadi died a day later on late Saturday afternoon.
Family members said a similar note was also found earlier last week in their home. The alleged note read in part, “go back to your own country, you’re a terrorist.” The victim has lived in the United States for almost 20 years.