Sister Opens Up on Shaima Alawadi’s Murder
by Danya Bacchus and Monica Garske
April 19, 2014 - Updated 3:57 AM
A guilty verdict in a high-profile murder case led to emotional outbursts in a San
Diego courtroom Thursday and a family forever divided by tragedy.
Mirian said most of her family believes Al-Himidi did kill Alawadi. But the couple’s
older son is the exception. That opposition has caused a rift in the family.
For her part, Mirian said she’s now working on forgiveness and trying to heal
from her sister’s untimely death.
Kassim Alhimidi found guilty in beating death of wife Shaima Alawadi
by Steve Fiorina
Posted: 1:39 PM, April 17, 2014
Updated: 1:42 PM, April 18, 2014
EL CAJON, Calif. - An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of beating his wife
to death in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce.
Jurors deliberated about a day and a half before finding Kassim Alhimidi, 49, guilty
of first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, a mother of five.
Investigators initially believed the killing might be a hate crime due to a photocopied
note found about eight to 10 feet from the victim that read, “This is my country.
Go back to yours, terrorist.”
Trial Wraps for Man Accused of Killing His Wife
by Monica Garske
April 15, 2014
Closing statements began Tuesday as the trial wrapped for an Iraqi immigrant accused
of beating his wife to death inside their El Cajon home two years ago.
Kassim Al-Himidi, 49, is accused of killing his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, after
she asked for a divorce.
Alawadi’s brutally beaten body was found in a pool of blood by the couple’s
then 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Al-Himidi, in the dining room of their family
home in El Cajon on Mar. 21, 2012. Alawadi was hit at least six times and died three
days later from critical brain injuries sustained in the beating.
Defense Tries to Implicate Teen in Father’s Murder Trial
by Paul Krueger and Andie Adams
April 8, 2014
Lawyers for an Iraqi immigrant on trial for his wife’s killing tried to shift
the blame to the couple’s daughter Monday in San Diego court. After a weekend
off, the trial of Kassim Al-Himidi continued Monday. The 49-year-old man who lived
in El Cajon is accused of killing his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, in 2012 after she
asked him for a divorce.
But the trial’s focus shifted Monday as defense attorneys tried to cast suspicion
on Al-Himidi’s daughter Fatima, 19.
Defense Cross-Examines Daughter in Murder Trial
by Sherene Tagharobi, Monica Garske, and Paul Krueger
April 5, 2014
Taking the stand for the second day in a row, a San Diego teenager was cross-examined
Friday about her parents’ relationship, the events leading up to her mother’s
fatal beating and the moments she found her mother’s bloodied body in the
Fatima Al-Himidi, 19, testified at the trial of her father, Kassim Al-Himidi, 49,
an El Cajon man accused of killing his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, in March 2012 after
she asked him for a divorce that he did not want.
Teen Angry Over Allegations in El Cajon Murder Trial
by Rory Devine, R. Stickney, and Monica Garske
April 5, 2014
The daughter of an El Cajon man accused in the beating death of his wife is upset
about allegations that she may have been involved in the killing according to her
attorney. Fatima Al-Himidi, 19, testified Thursday about finding her mother’s
beaten body in the family’s home. The shocking crime was initially believed
to be a hate crime.
The teenager was home when Shaima Alawadi, 32, was beaten in a violent attack on
March 21, 2012.
It was her voice that jurors heard Wednesday when the 911 call was played in court
as part of opening statements in the trial of Kassim Al-Himidi.
No Blood Evidence in Shaima Alawadi Murder: Defense
by R. Stickney
November 7, 2013
While an Iraqi immigrant accused of killing his wife awaits trial, his defense attorney
said the lack of forensic evidence makes the case a true “whodunit.”
The trial for Kassim Al-Himidi has been delayed three months while defense attorneys
bring in criminal experts to look through forensic evidence collected in the March
2012 murder of Shaima Alawadi.
Alawadi – an Iraqi immigrant -- was found unconscious, lying in a pool of
blood in her dining room in the family’s home on Skyview Street in El Cajon.
Near her beaten body investigators found a note that said ‘This is my country,
go back to your country... terrorist’.
Kassim Alhimidi, Husband Of Shaima Alawadi, Pleads Not Guilty To Wife's Murder
by Julie Watson
November 14, 2012
EL CAJON, Calif. – There were signs that her traditional Muslim family may
have been struggling in the U.S. even before Shaima Alawadi was murdered: Court
documents say she was contemplating a divorce, and her teenage daughter was resisting
an arranged marriage.
Authorities initially believed Alawadi died as part of a hate crime. Now, they say
the Iraqi-American woman was killed by her husband during a domestic dispute.
The suspect, Kassim Alhimidi, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge during
a brief appearance via a video monitor in Superior Court, where the couple’s
teenage daughter Fatima Alhimidi cried quietly in the courtroom in El Cajon.
Kassim Alhimidi was ordered held without bail after prosecutors noted he recently
traveled to Iraq and was a flight risk. If convicted, he could face 25 years to
life in prison.
Family of Slain Iraqi-American Woman Looking for Answers a Month Later
by Kristina Davis
April 24, 2012
el cajon — The family of an Iraqi-American woman fatally beaten in her El Cajon
home continues to wait for answers a month after her slaying.
El Cajon police have not announced any arrests or named any suspects in the killing
of Shaima Alawadi, 32. The mother of five died a few days after she was found unconscious
with a head injury in the dining room of her Skyview Street home on March 21.
Her sister Esmah Alawadi said Monday that the family continues to call detectives
looking for updates but is told the case remains under investigation.
“We have not been sleeping at night. It’s 24 hours talking about it,”
said Alawadi, who lives in Texas. “It’s restless. The only thing we
want is justice now. We lost her, at least her kids (need to) know that (police)
will take care of the person who did it.”
Family of Iraqi Woman Killed in California was in Crisis, Records Show
by Will Carless and Ian Lovett
April 5, 2012
EL CAJON, Calif. — When Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi-born mother of five, was found
bludgeoned to death in her home last month with a threatening note beside her, many
members of the large Middle Eastern immigrant population here feared a hate crime.
But court documents made public this
week instead reveal details of a family in crisis, with talk of divorce and a daughter
resisting an arranged marriage, and of Ms. Alawadi’s survivors themselves
coming under scrutiny from investigators.
From the beginning, the El Cajon police maintained that a hate crime was only one
of the possibilities they were exploring. The search warrant affidavit, which was
released by mistake to the Web site U-T San Diego on Wednesday and then to other
media outlets on Thursday, revealed that the police obtained warrants to search
the family’s house and two cars, as well as their phones.
Shaima Alawadi Dead: Iraqi Woman Who Was Severely Beaten In California Home
March 24, 2012
EL CAJON, Calif. – A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten
next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country” died on
Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, said he met with Shaima Alawadi’s family members in the morning
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.
Alawadi, a mother of five, had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter
found her unconscious Wednesday in the family’s house in El Cajon, police
Lt. Steve Shakowski said.
The 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,