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Hate Crime, Not Likely: An Update

Thu, April 5, 2012

The U-T San Diego newspaper reports that Shaima Alawadi, left, the 32-year-old Iraqi-American mother of five from El Cajon, California, who was brutally beaten to death, was planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas. The paper reports that search warrant records show “a family in turmoil,” which casts doubts on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime, as originally reported.

Alawadi’s body was found by her 17-year-old daughter Fatima, with a note lying close by telling the family to go back to where they came from, according to the daughter. Investigators have not made   public the contents of the note. The sheriff’s crime lab has only said that the handwritten note was a photocopy.

Alawadi’s husband, Kassim, Alhimidi, said he was taking the younger children to school when the murder happened, however, police have stated that his whereabouts have not been confirmed.

The paper also reports that records obtained at El Cajon Superior Court reveal that Fatima, below, who called 911 to report the attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

During a questioning after the attack, an affidavit states that Fatima received a text message on her cellphone that said, “The detective will find out tell them (can’t) talk.”

A neighbor reported seeing a skinny dark-skinned male running west from the area of Alawadi’s house. He was described as being in his late teens to early 20s and carrying a brown doughnut-shaped cardboard box.

See ClarionProject.org's original article on this case Hate Crime, Not Likely that foresaw suspicious elements in this murder.