Sheila Abdus-Salaam

United States’ first female Muslim judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, found dead in New York

The Guardian- The body of the 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court was found in the waters off Harlem

A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge has been found dead in New York’s Hudson river.

The body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Harlem about 1.45pm local time, a police spokesman said.

Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers said her body showed no obvious signs of trauma and they declined to speculate on the cause of her death.

Her family identified her and an autopsy would determine the cause of death, the spokesman said.

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