Iraqi woman gets killed in California - Another hate crime?
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Iraqi woman gets killed in California - Another hate crime?

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Apr 01, 2012 at 1:11 PM PDT
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An Iraqi woman by the name of Shaima Alawadi was killed in California and people are speculating that this was another tragic outcome of a hate crime.

It seems that hate crimes are on the rise again. This time around, an Iraqi Muslim woman was killed by someone and it is being speculated that it was most probably a result of hate crime. The victim of the hate crime this time around was a Muslim woman; Muslims have been a high target for hate crimes since the 9/11 bombing by Al-Qaeda.

The 32-year-old Iraqi woman was named Shaima Alawadi, who was a stay-at-home mother of five. In fact, it was her 17-year-old daughter who found her mother beaten in the dining room of her rented home last week. The death took place on the 24th of March 2012, and since then, investigations have been going on.

The police are treating this mysterious death as a hate crime, since there was a note found next to Shaima Alawadi's body, threatening the family. The exact contents of that note have not been released by the authorities. An FBI bias crimes squad is assisting in the search.

"We are considering the hate crime aspect, but we are not labeling it as such," El Cajon Police Lt. Mark Coit said, but added he could not reveal any details on the status of the case.

Shaima Alawadi was buried on Saturday in Iraq, in the Valley of Peace cemetery in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, which lies around 100 miles south of Baghdad. "The martyr (Alawadi) used to love all; she made no distinction between religions," Alawadi's father, Nabil, told reporters. He further added, "Her husband told me that someone threw a note saying, 'go back to your own country, you're a terrorist' ... Who is the real terrorist, Shaima, or them."

Shaima Alawadi used to cover her head with the traditional attire for Muslim women; a head scarf. It is being speculated that Shaima was made a target for her head scarf. The case is being widely compared with that of the death of Trayvon Martin, who was a 17-year-old black teenager. Martin got shot by a white male by the name of George Zimmerman and he too was a victim of hate crime.

A candlelight vigil was held for Shaima Alawadi and it is being hoped that the person responsible for her death will be brought to justice soon.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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