A displaced Iraqi woman holds her cat, Lulu, while waiting for transport in the Iraqi Kurdish checkpoint village of Shaqouli after she fled her home with her children on November 10, 2016. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)
El Cajon police are asking for the public's help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant and have not ruled out the possibility that Shaima Alawadi was the victim of a hate crime. Near the body of the 32-year-old Alawadi, police found what has been described as a threatening note. Police have declined to release the text, but relatives and friends say the handwritten note warned Alawadi to "go back to your own country" and labeled her a terrorist.
An Iraqi woman and child make bread in her house at a former Iraqi Air Force Base January 23, 2004 in central Baghdad, Iraq. Hundreds of Iraqi families now live in these abandoned government buildings rather than be homeless.