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Sheila Abdus-Salaam, America’s first-ever Muslim woman judge and the first African-American female to serve on New York’s highest court, has been found dead in New York, police say.
The 65-year-old judge’s body was found floating on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River on Wednesday, just a mile from her home in central Harlem. She was reported missing since Tuesday. Officials said the body showed no signs of apparent trauma or injuries.
“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the State’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” he said. “Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also grieved the judge’s “tragic passing,” calling her a “a humble pioneer.” Also mourning Abdus-Salaam’s mysterious death was state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who described her as “an inspiration.”
Police said they were investigating the matter while the medical examiner tired to determine the judge’s cause of death.
Officials have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: worldstarcountry
The police don't even have a cause of death yet and the media already is talking about a "hate crime"
NYpost says it appears to be a suicide.
Lots of speculation already.
originally posted by: RP2SticksOfDynamite
Did she have any possible tenuous connections to Obama or his wife or office? If so then she was wacked to ensure her silence!