Iraqi woman severely beaten in CA home dies

EL CAJON, Calif.

Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found by her daughter Wednesday morning in the dining room of their El Cajon home, beaten and unconscious. Police say a threatening note was left near her body.

Her daughter says a week earlier, a similar note was left on their doorstep, but it was never reported to police because the family thought it was a bad prank.

Police say they are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Alawadi's daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron, and that the note said "go back to your country, you terrorist."

A family friend said Alawadi's family lived in the house for only a few weeks, after moving from Michigan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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