Shaima Alawadi Slaying May Not Be Anti-Muslim Hate Crime, Records Hint

Mystery behind killing of East County Iraqi mother grows with revelations in court documents.

Only 25 percent of readers taking part in a March 27 Patch poll thought the killing of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant in El Cajon, would ultimately be found a hate crime.

The rest may have been right in doubting that anti-Muslim sentiment was involved.

In search warrant records obtained Wednesday by U-T San Diego, evidence appears to point to family involvement in the crime.

Alawadi, the slain mother of five, “was apparently planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas when she was killed, a family member told investigators,” U-T San Diego reported Wednesday in an online posting, citing court documents.

The records also say that Alawadi’s daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911 to report the attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin, U-T San Diego said.

A search warrant affidavit cited by the newspaper said police last fall contracted Alawadi when her daughter and a 21-year-old man were caught possibly having sex in a parked car.

 “A search of Fatima’s cell phone 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 cnt talk,’ the paper reported, citing the affidavit.

The paper added: “Majhed Alhasan, secretary for Islamic Center of Lakeside and a close friend of the family, said Wednesday that he had never heard that Alawadi had been thinking about a divorce and moving.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of it,” Alhasan was quoted as saying. “About a month ago, her mother, non-married sister and two nonmarried brothers moved to Texas.”

Kyla March 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I believe it was the cousin that said that. Does not diminish the size of that red flag though. Almost sounds like instructions. As for that particular sequence of events, there are only 3 people alive that could know that for sure: the killer, a witness (if any) and the medical examiner. Granted, he could have made that up, but even that's fishy.
Kyla March 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Opine (verb) - Hold and state as one's opinion Synonyms: think; reckon; deem; suppose; guess Nobody is jumping to a conclusion. We're simply batting around opinions, suppositions and guesses, trying to make some sense out of this. Maybe there isn't any to be made, but this is what humans do.
Larry March 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Something is weird here. You're all discussing information that was taken from a Pamela Geller website...
Things I Learned March 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Komfort March 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM
This should be more your speed, Larry. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/27/203513.html
Komfort March 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Larry March 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM
What's weird is you use a known Islam hater's response to this Alarabiya article. She's a known anti-Muslim blogger, she's buddies with the EDL and Neo Nazi's think she's the bees knees.
Larry March 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Not taking sides, just sayin...
Things I Learned March 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Larry March 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM
You guys always have an answer...
Komfort March 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Just willing to learn.
Things I Learned March 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Larry March 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I just watched it, I don't see how it's forced, her mother is in the hospital at this point and not expected to live.
Holly Lamb April 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Larry use a little logic, leave the emotion at home. Not difficult to google statics on murders of women. Also what crime is committed out of love? yeah. none, what is the absence of love? hate. every crime is a hate crime.
James Jones April 05, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Ok which one of you first mentioned "honor killing"? Ding, ding ding!!!
Robert Baker April 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
A family member did it have said that since the beginning neoghbor said the glass looked luke it was broken inside out. Daughter called in skipped school. Tire iron from thier car anyone could place the note to mislead the detectives daughter didnt want an arranged marraige whi is the Husband where is he at? Family did it
Doug Curlee April 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
if it was to get out of an arranged marriage, i'd think the father would be the target, not the mother.. as i understand the arab culture, the father makes all those decisions.. the mother wouldn't even be asked.. in fact, she better not say anything at all.. doug
sheeple herder April 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Just to remind everyone who said this was fishy to begin with, you're welcome!
Deena While April 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
It's funny when the conversation first starts everyone gets mad that the community is in a 'rush to judgement'...then as the investigation unfolds everyone wants an "atta-boy' for being the first to 'rush to judgement'.... peeps are funny!
Things I Learned April 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
FREE KEVIN GEORGE! Free All Commenters! http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/east-county-earth-day-2012-returns-to-mount-helix-park#photo-9488750
CSI Charlie April 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yep. CSI Charlie 3:46 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Looks like an inside job to me.
Kevin George April 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
HELLO LARRY.............Where are ya pal?
Kevin George April 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
TIL, I am still laughing !!!!!!! How the heck did you do that? Funny funny funny!!! Thanks for the encouragement.
Kat Mac April 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Besides who killed this poor woman, I have another question I would like answered. I don't have the newspaper with me, but the first reports said that this family arrived in the US in the mid 90's, and she was a homemaker and the husband has not been able to work for 18 years and was on disability because of a kidney condition and the family was being supported by the U.S. Government. I wonder how they are able to live in San Diego and afford a very nice 2 story house? I know of U.S. families with 5 kids who have not been able to find work and are living on a day to day basis to feed and clothe their family. Not to discredit this family but just wondering . . . .
Kevin George April 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Kat Mac, thanks for saying what nearly everyone else ( including me)has been thinking but were afraid to say because of the PC police. Good luck. I will be reading with interest.
James Jones April 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Anyone know how large the Muslim population in El Cajon is? I know there is a large Chaldean community there and with what little I know about Chaldeans and Muslims, it seems that would be a testy relationship at best.
Dave Fenner April 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
the whole term "hate crime" should be abolished as racist.
Doug Curlee April 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
james.. not sure about numbers.. the figure 40 thousand has been bandied about..but i do know it's the second-largest such community in america..behind only the detroit area.. doug
Kevin George April 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
"There are, after all, 40,000 Iraqis living in El Cajon." http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iraqi-american-woman-victim-hate-crime-418526
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