Shaima Alawadi was found in a pool of blood on Wednesday by her 17-year-old daughter. She was beaten by a tire iron and a note calling her a terrorist was found next to her body.
A few days earlier a similar note was found on the exterior of her house.
Fatima Al Himidi, the woman’s 17-year-old daughter, told 10 News San Diego:
“A week ago they left a letter saying this is our country not yours you terrorist, and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank. But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.”
According to the AFP, the family reportedly came to the United States from Iraq in the mid-1990s.
A group on Facebook called One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi has been launched in her honor.