Update: The daughter, who has now been taken out of the country by her father (and the police let them leave the country during a murder investigation!!), attempted suicide a few months ago — she jumped out of a moving car onto a busy street — because, police say, she was distressed about being forced to marry her cousin. (see below). It may have been fear that she would be a victim of an honor crime, as her mother was collecting her after police called to report that someone had called to tell them the girl was (possibly) having sex in a car (the boy she was with claims they are just friends and were just talking).

Investigators also learned of a previous police contact with Fatima.

On Nov. 3, police found Fatima with a 21-year-old man after responding to a report of two people possibly having sex in a car, the documents state. Officers called her mother, who came to the location and picked up the girl. As they were driving away, Fatima said, “I love you, mom,” before jumping out of the vehicle onto Mollison Avenue at 35 mph.

She was taken to a hospital with several injuries, including a possible broken arm. She refused to talk to police at the hospital but reportedly told paramedics and hospital staff that she was being forced to marry her cousin and didn’t want to.

Rawnaq Yacub, the man in the incident, told U-T San Diego Wednesday that police interviewed him after the slaying and some of his clothes were taken from the home he shares with his family. He said he has no connection to the crime.

Yeah, we talked about this here on the blog and that, soon after the initial report, it began to look a whole lot more likely that it was an honor killing and not the hate crime the family initially tried to pass it off as being.

Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was apparently planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas when she was killed, a family member told investigators, according to the court documents.

The records, filed in El Cajon Superior Court, also reveal Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911 to report the attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

Thanks Jawa for the heads up on this. The MSM was all over the story when it was reported as a hate crime but now there seems to be radio silence…