Records Suggest Iraqi Mother’s Murder Was Not a Hate Crime – She Wanted a Divorce!

New records suggest that Shaima Alawadi’s murder was not a hate crime.
She was planning a divorce from her husband and move to Texas.

In March 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)

But now we know Shaima wanted a divorce.
UT San Diego reported:

Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was apparently planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas when she was killed, a family member told investigators, according to the court documents.

The records, filed in El Cajon Superior Court, also reveal Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911 to report the attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

Last fall, police contacted Alawadi when her daughter and a 21-year-old man were caught possibly having sex in a parked car, according to the search warrant affidavit.

A search of Fatima’s cellphone records shows that while she was being interviewed by investigators hours after the attack, someone sent the teen a text message that read, “The detective will find out tell them (can’t) talk,” the affidavit states.

Fatima and her mother were the only ones at their Skyview Street home when the attack occurred about 11 a.m. on March 21. Alawadi’s husband, Kassim Alhimidi, had reportedly left to take the couple’s other younger children to school, although police state in the March 27 affidavit that his whereabouts had not yet been confirmed.

Fatima told El Cajon police that she heard her mother squeal, and 10 seconds later heard the sound of glass breaking, the affidavit said. She told police she thought her mother had dropped a plate. Ten minutes later, the daughter discovered her mother lying unconscious on the ground, near a computer, and called 911.


Shaima Alawadi — Photo courtesy of Al Arabiya News

So much for that “Million Hijab” campaign, huh?

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