By Gina Yarbrough
EL CAJON—The East County Iraqi woman who was beaten severely at her Skyview Street home has died from her injuries on Saturday.
Shaima Alawadi, 32, of El Cajon was taken off life-support, according to family members.
Investigators said they are treating the isolated case as a possible hate crime based on evidence found at the crime scene. They have declined to disclose the nature of the victim’s injuries or any further details about the crime scene.
“Based on the type of injuries Alawadi sustained and other evidence retrieved at the scene, this case is being investigated as a homicide,” Lt. Steve Shakowski said.
On Wednesday, Alawadi was discovered unconscious in the dining room area of her residence by her 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Al Himidi. Paramedics transported the victim to a local trauma center.
In an interview with San Diego station KUSI-TV, Al Himidi told a reporter that her mother had been beaten on the head with a tire iron, and that a threatening note found next to her mother said “go back to your country, you terrorist.”
Early March, the family found similar threatening notes outside their home but did not report it to the police, said investigators.
A few weeks ago, the family, originally from Iraq, had moved from Michigan to El Cajon.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.