San Diego Murder Victim Shaima Alawadi to Return to Iraq
Shaima Alawadi was found beaten unconscious next to a note saying: â€œGo back to your countryâ€
Akbar Ahmed on what it means to be a Muslim in the US The struggle to stop the alienation of US Muslims An Iraqi-American woman who was beaten to death at her home in San Diego is to be flown to Iraq for burial, a Muslim leader who knows the family has said.
Imam Husham al-Husainy told the Detroit Free-Press that the Iraqi government was paying to repatriate her.
Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found unconscious last Wednesday by her 17-year-old daughter on the floor of their dining room in El Cajon.
A note was left next to her saying: â€œGo back to your country, you terrorist.â€
Ms Alawadi, a mother of five who had lived in the US since the 1990s, was taken off a life-support system on Saturday.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the attack was racially motivated.
Ms Alawadiâ€™s daughter, Fatima al-Himidi, told US news network CNN that an earlier note had been left at the house saying: â€œThis is our country, not yours, you terrorists.â€
Her mother apparently dismissed the note as a childâ€™s prank and did not report it to the authorities.
Ms Alawadi reportedly came from a Shia Muslim background and wore a headscarf.
The family had moved recently to El Cajon, near San Diego, from Michigan. The town has one of Americaâ€™s largest Iraqi communities.