March 25, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Iraqi immigrant killed; note left

From Wire Reports

San Diego – A 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant died Saturday, three days after being found beaten into unconsciousness in her home in El Cajon, Calif., with a note near her body warning her to go back to Iraq, officials said.

Shaima Alawadi was found unconscious in the dining room of the home Wednesday morning by her 17-year-old daughter, according to El Cajon police. The note was nearby, police said. The family reported receiving a similarly threatening note days earlier, police said.

Alawadi was taken to a local hospital but was quickly determined to be brain-dead. She was taken off life support Saturday.

Police have not yet labeled the attack a hate crime; they believe the beating to be “an isolated incident,” not part of a pattern of attacks.

Group offers reward for Zimmerman

Sanford, Fla. – Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin.

New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest in Sanford on Saturday.

The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman.

Sanford city officials issued a statement late Saturday, condemning the group’s appeal and asking citizens to leave all arrests to the police.

The Southern Poverty Law Center website said the New Black Panther Party, a black-separatist group founded in 1989, is “virulently racist and anti-Semitic,” and its leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law officers.

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