Slain Iraqi emigrant returns home for burial

Source: CNN
Author: Mohammed Tawfeeq

Najaf, Iraq (CNN) — An Iraqi woman who died in California after a brutal beating was laid to rest in her native country Saturday.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, was taken off of life support last week after being found unconscious in her living room in San Diego County. A threatening note was found near her body, U.S. authorities said.

Alawadi’s daughter said the note threatened the family to go back to Iraq and called them “terrorists.”

Police said a similar note was left outside the family home earlier in the month, but the family did not report it.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki provided the plane that repatriated Alawadi back to Iraq.

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  1. Terrible and tragic.

    But despite their grief, Shaima Alawadi’s family has the quiet good fortune of living in a country with a system of law that largely supercedes any racial or religous prejudice and an entire body of law enforcement that will strive to bring about justice for Alawadi and her family.

    Many Iraqis, in their own country, continue to suffer a fate much like Alawadi’s, just as gruesome and grevious, if not much worse. But the fates of such men and women largely go unnoticed, and few are even granted the dignity of a burial, let alone a funeral, for their country now is a place where death and destruction has become the norm.

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