Police TightLipped In Alawadi Case

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 2:34pm

Officials won't comment on note found near Iraqi woman's body.

Investigators have interviewed family members and served a search warrant at the El Cajon, California home where an Iraqi immigrant was found severely beaten with a threatening note left nearby.

El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman said investigators strongly believe the death of Shaima Alawadi was an isolated incident.

Alawadi was found with a severe head injury in the dining room of the family's rental home at 11:15 a.m. on March 21 by her 17-year-old daughter.

A threatening note was found near her but officials refused to release the contents.

On Saturday, the 32-year-old mother was removed from life support.

Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant, moved in to the rental home two months ago with her husband and their five children ranging in ages from 7 to 17.

A spokesperson for the local chapter of the Counsel of American-Islamic Relations said he was concerned the beating may be a hate crime.

"The body was found with a note that essentially says, 'You guys are terrorists, go back home, you don't belong here.' That's the message," said CAIR Executive Director Hanif Mohebi.

“Based on the contents of the note, we are not ruling out the possibility that this may be a hate crime,” Redman said adding that homicide investigators are in the early stages of the case and have not drawn any conclusions.

The medical examiner has sealed the report on the case at the investigators' request.

While Redman confirmed Alawadi died of a severe head injury, he would not discuss what weapon was used.

FBI investigators have offered to help in the investigation, the chief said.

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