March 27th, 2012
02:06 AM ET

Body of slain Iraqi woman to be flown home for burial

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.

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  1. Superman

    You see once again haters see others how they want to , not how they need to, and the hearts of the agressor/s is dark so why does that person not hate what they see in the mirror? Or maybe now he does. This kind of stuff needs to stop we are americans, and this woman was a legal resident in the US. And the children? Affected by all there is still to come, for god sakes people we need to stop this crap! The penalty is high not just for the children and husband of this woman, but for who is responsible for this beating , some day you will be caught if your reading the eyes of the world will some day be upon you! You will be caught ! And stand trial for what you have done, and the children , may you little ones find peace . Your mother will always be remembered by me , a total stranger i am but i will always remember this! My heart goes out to you and your father. Just remember always be at peace with your selfes

    March 27, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    To the father and children,,,,,,,,,,,,,, my heart goes out to you

    March 27, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Come to America

    Come to America is you don't like the way we treat you in your own land.

    March 27, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |

    So disheartening to hear about. Its like someone opened up the monkey cage at the zoo and let them all run lose over in the middle east. About the only thing they haven't done yet is start flinging their own poop at each other...oh wait...

    March 27, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Tragic & shameful. Our prayers & thoughts go out to the families.
    Hate is a destructive sentiment. And we see it fanned by self serving politicos and elements in our society who use it to further their agenda.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Axis of Evil

    Something needs to be done about these terrorists.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      GWB did more to *create* terrorists than he ever did to get rid of them.....
      Axis Of Evil...what a load of hooey.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. "hooey"

    Lmao. Good one.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @ banasy
    As I said before during the past decade we have become experts in creating enemies rather than allies.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |


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      March 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nupapa

    Hate crime? More likely an honor killing disguised to look like a hate crime. I wonder if that's the other evidence the police won't tell us. Her body should stay here until they complete the investigation.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lama

      What an ignorant thing for you to say. Is that hard for you to believe that hatred based on ethnicity and religious background exists in your beloved 'Land of the Free'? Hate to burst your bubble but bad people with malicious intent exist everywhere. Lets hope a person that doesnt like 'red tshirts' doesnt target you because they think 'blue tshirts' are better and that you should go 'back to the factory where red tshirts are made'.
      Be a human, think with your heart. She's a mother of 5.

      March 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lama

    that comment was directed to Nupapa, and all the other heartless people out there.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bhigh

    "You're someone without a religion", says the daughter. Somehow I doubt that, as we godless atheists have better things to do. I vote honor kiling.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bixxybear

    I bet the FBI are sitting back and doing nothing, cause all the evidence has mostly likely been cleaned up by the family. Brings into question whether people like this should be allowed into the west in the first place.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |