Threatening note found near critically injured mother | UTSanDiego.com
By Susan Shroder and Pauline Repard
March 23, 2012
EL CAJON — A 32-year-old woman was critically injured and not expected to survive after an assault in her El Cajon home on Wednesday, police said Friday, and a threatening note telling the mother of five to go back to her home country was found near her, a family friend said.
The woman’s 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious in the dining room of the house on Skyview Street off Lemon Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, said El Cajon police Lt. Steve Shakowski. Police identified her as Shaima Alawadi.
“Based on the type of injuries Alawadi sustained, and other evidence retrieved at the scene, this case is being investigated as a homicide,” Shakowski said.
Police did not disclose the contents of the note. Sura Alzaidy, a family friend, said it told the family to “go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.” The family is from Iraq, and Alawadi is a “respectful modest muhajiba,” meaning she wears the traditional hijab, a head scarf, Alzaidy said.
El Cajon police Lt. Mark Coit said the family stated they had found a similar note earlier this month, however did not report it to authorities.
“Although we are exploring all aspects of this investigation, evidence thus far leads us to believe this is an isolated incident,” Coit said.
Alzaidy said the family had lived in the house in El Cajon for only a few weeks. She said they had moved back to San Diego County after living in Michigan. She said the attack apparently occurred when the father took the younger children to school.
She described Alawadi as a “sweetheart” — a mother and wife known for being very kind.
Alzaidy said her father and Alawadi’s husband had previously worked together in San Diego as private contractors for the U.S. Army, serving as cultural advisers to train soldiers who were going to be deployed to the Middle East.
The daughter who found her mother told KUSI Channel 9/51 on Friday night that her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron. She said her mother had dismissed the previous note, found outside the house, thinking it was a child’s prank.
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[See also: Iraqi woman dies after San Diego attack | The Guardian - March 25, 2012 and Iraqi woman beaten in her California home dies | CNN International - March 25, 2012]
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