Iraqi woman Shaima Alawadi killed in California, police seek suspect and information

An Iraqi woman was brutally beaten in El Cajon, California, and died from her injuries. Police are seeking to solve the killing and locate the suspect. Police logs describe a young man, seen by a neighbor running away from the scene at 10:30 a.m. The report described the suspect as a “darker skinned male” in his late teens or early 20s with a skinny build and wearing a black or blue hoodie sweatshirt. He was carrying a brown, donut-shaped cardboard box, the report said. The neighbor who made that report told local News 8 he did not want to be identified out of fear for his safety.

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