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Little proof of hate crime in Iraqi woman`s killing

Last Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 09:14

El Cajon: An Iraqi family was troubled by relationship issues before the mother was beaten to death in her California home, according to newly released documents that have little evidence the killing was a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, planned to divorce her husband and move to Texas, according to the search warrant records obtained by U-T San Diego.

The documents also show the woman`s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

The teenager, who was with her mother at the time of the March 21 attack, called for help after finding Alawadi unconscious.

While police interviewed her after the attack, she got a text message reading, "The detective will find out tell them (can`t) talk," according to the search warrant affidavit.

El Cajon police have said little about the investigation since a March 26 news conference. A phone message left by The Associated Press for El Cajon police spokesman Lt Mark Coit wasn`t immediately returned today.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 09:14

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