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Body of slain Iraqi immigrant to be taken to Iraq for burial

 

The body of a 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant who was fatally beaten in her home in El Cajon is being taken to Iraq, where her father is a Shia Muslim cleric.

An official with the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center in Dearborn, Mich., told the Detroit Free-Press that the Iraq government is paying the cost of bringing the body of Shaima Alawadi to Iraq for a funeral and burial.

Meanwhile, the El Cajon police continue to investigate the killing as a possible hate crime. A note near Alawadi's body warned her to return to her native country and referred to her as a terrorist.

While the police are not labelling the killing as a hate crime, they are not ready to discount that possibility. No suspects have been named.

Alawadi immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1990s and lived in Dearborn before moving to El Cajon. Both areas have large Middle Eastern immigrant populations.

"Everybody is outraged" by the killing, Imam Husham Al-Husainy told the Detroit paper. "This is too evil, too criminal."

Alawadi was found unconscious Wednesday morning by her 17-year-old daughter. Alawadi and her husband had five children. Her husband reportedly had taken the younger children to school just moments before the attack.

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