Husband arrested in beating death of Iraqi woman; Initially reported as hate crime

Police have arrested the husband of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi woman who was found beaten to death in her home eight months ago in El Cajon, Calif. Family members had told police at the time they had found a note near Alawadi’s body warning the family to “go back where they came from.”

After an investigation, police determined that the case was one of domestic violence and not a hate crime. Initial reports of the death had inspired fear among Iraqi immigrants as well as a Facebook campaign called “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi.”

  • Jamie Wilson

    So since the Muslim community arguably has a problem with domestic violence, how about keeping the Hijab March and just turn it into a take-back-the-home rally for Muslim women? Oh, wait. . .

  • Margo Channing

    In the tweets above, the man believed it was a hate crime, yet the woman believed it was a family member. Interesting.

  • medicinewomantwo

    No surprise here……………

  • Josephine (D)

    I can’t imagine why women were suspicious about a family member being the true murderer, as Ms. Saraswati said?

    RIP Shaima. =(

  • Michelle

    I remember when this happened, most of my Liberal friends going apenuts about hate crime this, hate crime that…they were rabid! It took me only watching the TV interview with the daughter the day of the murder to know in my gut it was either her or her father. Her performance was over the top, the pretend emotion so obvious and the words that came out of her mouth…I’d seen better performances in my high school drama classes. She was pretending to cry on camera, made the noises of weeping, kept wiping her nose with a wad of tissue and yet…her face was totally dry – no tears fell down her cheeks and her nose wasn’t running. That’s always the giveaway for fake crying.

  • Maria

    That is so sad. :-( I hope Shaima Alawadi finds justice and can rest in peace.

  • Hiraghm

    ONLY in George Orwell’s 1984 America could allegedly responsible news outlets claim a person being beaten to death was NOT a hate crime.

    Of course it was a hate crime! If it was her husband who did it, I’m pretty darned sure hate was involved at some point. You don’t beat someone to death without hating them.

    Ah! But it was an *individual* who was being hated. We don’t give a darn, then. To hell with individualism, we’re all just members of whatever group the PC crowd wants to stuff us into for the sake of gaining political power.

    It should make no difference if she was beaten to death because she was adulterous, or if she was beaten to death because she wouldn’t wear her burkha, or if she was beaten to death because it was a weekday, or if she was beaten to death because she was moslem. Except to those who want to control what people feel and think.

  • Steve_J

    Domestic violence or “honor killing” or both in one?

  • Brett McMicken

    who wants to bet that there will still be some people insisting it was a hate crime?