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Previously Billed as a 'Hate Crime,' Iraqi-American Husband Arrested for Killing Wife

Mon, November 12, 2012

The Iraqi-American husband of a wife bludgeoned to death has been arrested as the prime suspect of the murder that made headlines months ago as a “hate crime” in California. The killing of Shaima Alawadi, 32, drew international attention last March when the couple’s 17-year old daughter Fatima told reporters that she had found a note by her mother’s body saying, "Go back to your country, you terrorist."

She also reported that a similar note was left outside the family’s house earlier in the month that read, "'This is our country, not yours, you terrorists.”  Fatima said the family didn’t “report” the note to police.

Fatima was in the house during the murder, caliming to be upstairs while the murder was taking place downstairs. In the course of the long investigation, police detectives found a text message sent from her phone after the murder that read, “The detective will find out tell them cnt talk.”

Court records show that Shaima had planned to divorce her husband Kassim Alhimidi, 48, and move to Texas. Records also show that Fatima was upset about her upcoming arranged marriage to a cousin.

Alhimidi is being held without bail. A hearing is slated for Tuesday.

Watch the following video documenting how the world pointed a finger at American for this “terrible hate crime.”