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Iraqi-American woman's beating death may not have been a hate crime

Shaima Alawadi

Courtesy of Al Arabiya News

Shaima Alawadi, 32, mother of five, was beaten to death in her El Cajon home in March.

Family turmoil, including a possible divorce and a pending teenage arranged marriage may have been the cause of the death of an Iraqi-American woman. When Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old El Cajon mother of five, was killed in March next to a note saying "go back to your own country, you terrorist", many believed her beating death to have been a hate crime 

But search warrants and documents recently obtained by ABC News affiliate KGTV find that Alawadi's 17-year-old daughter, Fatima, the only other person in the house when the attack occurred, was upset about her upcoming arranged marriage to her cousin.

Part of the records obtained were from Fatima's cellphone. During an interview by authorities after her mother's attack, Fatima reportedly received a text message saying "The detective will find out tell them (can’t) talk," an affidavit states.  

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