California Iraqi Family Claims Mother’s Beating Death Was a Hate Crime (Updated)

A California family from Iraq say the tire iron beating of a young mother was a hate crime. The family says a note was found next to Shaima Al Awadi after her beating in El Cajon.
WJAM reported:

Nothing was stolen from the home. Shaima was found in the dining room after the attack.

The New York Daily News reported:

An Iraqi woman found beaten with a tire iron in her home and targeted with racist threats died Saturday.

Shaima Al Awadi was taken off life support three days after she was discovered unconscious in her living room in El Cajon by her 17-year-old daughter, according to KUSI 9 News.

The 32-year-old was struck several times in the head, Fatima Al Himidi said, and there was a “letter next to her head saying, ‘Go back to your country, you terrorist.'”

“A week ago they left a letter saying this is our country not yours you terrorist, and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank,” the teenager told KGTV 10 News. “But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.”

Police would not reveal what was in the letter, but confirmed one was found with the body.

“During the initial stages of this investigation, a threatening note was discovered very close to where the victim was found,” Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon police said in a statement.

Alawadi, a mother of five, came to the United States in the mid-1990s, CNN reported. El Cajon is home to one of the nation’s largest Iraqi communities.

No suspects have been identified, and police are not saying whether or not the case will be treated as a hate crime.

“Evidence thus far leads us to believe this is an isolated incident,” Coit said.

Hmm… So does anyone else have doubts about this potential hate crime?

UPDATE: Mara added this:

In the video link on your site… the daughter says the note left on their door a week ago said: “This is our country, not yours, you terrorist” and the note on the day the mother died said the same thing….

On this news report found here: <--- the daughter says the note found with the mother said: “Go back to your country, you terrorist”

And the blaze article quotes the note as “Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”

Now… I realize the difference in wording in the three references might seem miniscule — but if the story were true… and if I were a teenager who found my mother murdered in that manner… I would have read that note over and over for clues… to the point that I would be consistent in remembering every word EXACTLY as written. I probably would have had the note in front of me while reading it to the police after dialing 9-1-1… would have read it over and over in discussing it with family… would have read it when talking to investigators… and would have had the message down to every syllable etched permanently into my brain cells… wouldn’t you? Her story isn’t consistent… and neither is the words she chooses. What daughter would tell a reporter… “She’s just a housewife.” That’s not the language of a teenager… but is the language of CAIR putting words into their mouths of what to say to the reporters.

It will be interesting to see what authorities find in this investigation.

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  • bobbi85710

    Yup, just like I’m not biting on the Trayvon Martin event. Staging for raging?

  • PatriotOwls

    Where is the husband?

  • Questioning

    #2 March 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    PatriotOwls commented:
    Where is the husband?

    ….Or the brother, father, uncle, son…..

  • MrGoodWench

    Honor killing by the family. Plain and simple .

  • Wm T Sherman

    Look at video and note the behavior of the 17 year old daughter.

    Very, very fishy story.

  • valerie

    Oh, it’s a hate crime, alright. Beating a human being to death with a tire iron is a good operational definition of “showing hatred.”

    The question is, whose hatred?

  • TheGoldGeneral

    Honor Killing.

  • Granny

    #6 – Excellent Question. My monies on honor killing.

  • bg



    just hope & pray they take sample’s of everyone’s
    handwriting before “leaking” supposed evidence..


  • MrGoodWench

    I’m sure Holder will end up with this case , just so he can get muslims ready for rioting,
    now that blacks have been readied ,
    and the marxist idiots are organized and ready for almost a year now.
    Now all Obama needs is illegals and hispanics to get angry and ready for vengeance ,
    and then it is revolution time !!

  • http://. WillofLa

    And if you will read the story near the bottom of the text is says, “Alawadi, mother of FIVE!!, came to the United States in the mid-1990’s, CNN reported.” Do you know when that was?

    That was right after Clinton lifted the ban on Muslims coming into the U.S.. The ban which had been in place for many years was there as a National Security Act law in order to stop terrorists from coming into the U.S. from countries that exported terrorists, exported terrorism, aided and abetted terrorists, or provided support and/or supplies to terrorists through any and all ties with other countries supporting or exporting terrorists.

    This was a very important law that Clinton just arbitrarily removed because he said it was a “racist” law and discriminated against Islamic people who had a justified reason to come to the U.S. either for protection against religious discrimination in their own country or wanted to come here to become American’s and did not have any ties to terrorists or their supporters.

    What a boat load of crap! Every terrorist who is in this nation has come here since the ban was lifted. The terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 came here after the ban was lifted. Just exactly like our National Security experts said would happen if the ban was not in place, happened!!! We got attacked by Arabs coming from countries that export terrorism. And all the terrorists who have come here as students also under the law have been able to bring their entire family who are made up of people like this mother with FIVE damn kids who are nothing but dependents on our Welfare system and Medicare and Food Stamps and the whole damn nine yards! These FIVE kids have no love of this country, are not learning anything about our country, our laws, our traditions, our culture. No, they brought their own culture, their own traditions, and their own law, Sharia, that they recognize pertains to them and not our law.

    And who did this? I can’t imagine some White right wing extremists walking into this neighborhood with no one noticing them, go into her apartment with no one wondering who that is going into Alawadi’s apartment?, and knock on the door or they kicked it in or something, and the woman didn’t scream or anything, and just let herself be beaten in the head. She’s dead, and the person leaves with no one stopping them to question them about who they are, what they wanted with Alawadi, none of the neighbor’s stopped the person or anything, and they walk away scott free? Right. I’m sure that happens all the time, my butt.

  • regularguy

    Please folks, rise above the average and draw no conclusions until a thorough investigation bears out the facts. The Trayon Martin incident needs the same scrutiny. Far too often the media hype things or fail to bring out all the facts.

  • Adi

    Just like #7.

    Honor killing. But blaming the faceless kuffar is a bonus.

  • Sanmon

    Hate/Honor killing same thing, either way I am sure her husband had a good blood money insurance policy. I hope the Family Quran does not come up missing, now that would be a crime.

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  • Sasja

    Where is the husband? Any sons? Far too little info. If the husband is involved, it is apparent he did not read up on the proper way to beat his wife.

  • Bubba

    Yawn. Too bad tradesports doesn’t have a line on this, cuz I’d put a lot of money on HONOR KILLING.

    What I don’t get, is everyime one of these sand scum decides to live the values of the Koran and cleanse the family name by murdering one of their family members, why do they always try to cover it up like cowards? If your wife deserved to die because she bought Captain Crunch at the Infidel Wal-Mart (or whatever screwed up reason you believe you need to kill your wife to restore your honor), why not man up and proudly admit that’s why you beat her to death like a piniata?

    Instead, we have to watch the false outrage of CAIR rail against the predudice of the great Satan until the police compile their case and the inevitable happens.

    I’d bet my nuts this is just a run of the mill honor killing. Guaranteed.

  • RealMc

    “….doubts about this potential hate crime?”

    my VERY FIRST thought.

    anyone seen this: (h/t Drudge)

  • RealMc

    heh,,,,,, @ #16 Great minds think alike I see.

  • oldguy

    The family really believes they will get away with this?