Monday, March 26, 2012


NOTE: The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) is in contact with the family.

CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,; CAIR-San Diego Director of Public Relations Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


Brutal Beating of Calif. Muslim May Be Hate Crime
Police are Investigating the Attack on 32-Year-Old Shaima Al Awadi

El Cajon -- El Cajon police are investigating the brutal attack of 32-year-old, Shaima Al Awadi.

She was found unconscious in the dining room of her home on Skyview Street by her daughter on Wednesday around 11:15 a.m.

SEE: Iraqi Woman Beaten in CA; Note at Scene (AP)

Investigators have not named a suspect, but the victim's 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told 10News she thinks it was a hate crime.

Investigators confirmed late Friday a threatening note was found next to the victim. The victim's family said that note was the second one left at the home in the last week.

Al Himidi said, "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. But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing."

Al Himidi told 10News nothing was stolen from the home, and the only motive must have been hate. . .

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