Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi woman, died Saturday of injuries from a severe beating in her El Cajon home in San Diego, California, where a hateful note warning the family to "go back to your country" was left next to her.
She was found unconscious in the dining room of her home, ,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.
The daughter, Fatima al-Himidi, told local TV that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly and that the note said: "Go back to your country, you terrorist."
Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but had not reported it to authorities. Himidi said her mother had dismissed the first note as a child's prank.
“A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will be looking at that,” Lt. Mark Coit said. “We don’t want to focus on only one issue and miss something else.”
Al Himidi and family, who are emigrated from Iraq to the United States, had lived in San Diego for only a few weeks. The family, before shifting to San Diege, lived in Michigan. They had been in the United States since 1995. Alawadi had five children two sons and three daughters range in age from 8 to 17.