Husband of Shaima Alawadi Speaks Out – Appeals to Community to Help Find Mysterious Killer
Kassim Alhimidi appealed to the local community to help find his wife’s killer. The family told reporters yesterday the mysterious killer snuck through the garden and into the back door and murdered Shaima Alawadi in a hate crime.
“The first hit her on her forehead then on her right ear. The third strike was on the back of her head. This was followed by five fast and consecutive strikes on her head and shoulders.”
And, then the killer, according to the family, left a threatening note at the scene of the crime.
Appeal: Kassim Alhimidi (right) speaks during a memorial service for his murdered wife Shaima Alawadi at the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Center in Lakeside, California, yesterday. He is flanked by his son Mohammed Alhimidi (Daily Mail)
The Daily Mail reported:
The husband of an Iraqi-American woman who was found bludgeoned to death with a threatening note lying beside her yesterday made an emotional appeal for justice.
Shaima Alawadi, 32, was taken off life support on Saturday, three days after she was attacked with a tyre iron at her home in El Cajon, California.
Kassim Alhimidi, the mother-of-five’s husband, last night made a plea direct to her killer.
Speaking in Arabic as his 15-year-old son Mohammed translated, Mr Alhimidi said: ‘The main question we would like to ask is what are you getting out of this and why did you do it?’
He urged anyone with information to contact police and thanked the Iraqi government for flying his wife’s body to Iraq.
He was addressing reporters at a mosque east of San Diego after a memorial service for Mrs Alawadi.
Chief James Redman said there was other evidence and called the killing an isolated incident.
Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities.
But Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions.
He spoke with reporters at the mosque after meeting with the police chief and getting assurances from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security that they were committed to solving the crime.
Mr Al-Marayati said: ‘We don’t know the facts of this case. We don’t know if it’s a hate crime. We don’t know if it’s not a hate crime.’
He urged the public to grieve for a family that fled persecution in Iraq and found tragedy in the U.S.