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First black female Muslim judge in the U.S, found dead in a river (Photo)


Sheila Abdus-Salaam, was found dead in the Hudson River, just a mile from her central Harlem home. She was 65. Police responded to a 911 call about a woman in the water of the Hudson around 1:45 p.m Wednesday. 

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They found an unconscious and unresponsive woman, who was later pronounced dead and identified as Abdus-Salaam. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the incident is under investigation. .

Police sources said there were no signs of obvious trauma or injuries indicating foul play. Abdus-Salaam was not only the first female Muslim judge in the county; she was also the first black woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeals. .

Her death came the same week a prominent Chicago judge was killed outside his home. A suspect in that case has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Judge Raymond Myles.

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