Honoring Shaima Alawadi | SocialistWorker.org
ON MARCH 28, some 300 people filled the driveway and the street in front of the suburban San Diego home of the late Shaima Alawadi for a candlelight vigil where relatives and community leaders gave their thoughts. One week before, as her husband drove the family’s young children to school and her older daughter slept upstairs, an assailant broke into their house in El Cajon, Calif., and savagely beat Alawadi about the head and neck with a metal rod or crowbar. A few days after, doctors decided they could not save her, and the 32 year-old mother of five was taken off life support. A horrifying note was left at the scene of the murder, calling the family “terrorists” and telling them to “go back to your country.” A similar note had reportedly been delivered to the house a week before.
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