Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found by her daughter severely beaten in her home California home Wednesday next to a note that read “go back to your country, you terrorist”.
The Iraqi born former private contractor for the U.S. Army was taken off of life support Saturday.
Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with the Alawadi family and was told that she was taken off life support around 3 p.m.
“The family is in shock at the moment. They’re still trying to deal with what happened,” Mohebi said.
Fatima Al Himidi, Shaima Alawadi’s daughter, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron.
Al Himidi tearfully asked her mother’s assailant: “You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?”
Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities.
Investigators said they believe the assault is an isolated incident.
“A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will be looking at that,” Lt. Mark Coit said. “We don’t want to focus on only one issue and miss something else.”
Mohebi said the family had been in the United States since the mid-1990s.
“Our community does face a lot of discriminatory, hate incidents and don’t always report them,” Mohebi said. “They should take these threats seriously and definitely call local law enforcement.”
El Cajon, northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to some 40,000 Iraqi immigrants, the second largest such community in the U.S. after Detroit.