The body of an Iraqi woman, whose brutal beating death may have been a hate crime, will be flown home for burial.
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, died of a severe head injury after the attack at her home in Southern California on Wednesday. A note beside the body threatened the family to go back to Iraq and called them "terrorists," her daughter said.
Alawadi, hospitalized in critical condition after the beating, was taken off life support Saturday.
Late Monday night, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Alawadi's body would be taken to Iraq for a funeral and burial.
Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the organization that advocates for Muslim civil liberties, said he did not know exactly when the funeral will take place, but believed the Iraq government was footing the bill for the transport.
Alawadi and her husband have three daughters and two sons, ranging in age from 8 to 17, Mohebi said. They moved to the San Diego County area in 1995 and had lived there, except for a short stint in Dearborn, Michigan.
Both El Cajon, where they family lived, and Dearborn have sizable Iraqi communities - among the nation's largest.FULL STORY