New York’s First African American Woman Judge’s Death Believed to be a Possible Suicide

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“Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Sheila Abdus-Salaam. She was a humble pioneer. My thoughts are with her family.”

New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio tweets along, with other notable New York leaders, as the news spread of the trailblazing judge’s body was found on Wednesday, April 12th.  An unconscious and responsive woman’s body, later identified as Abdus-Salaam, was retrieved from the Hudson River after policy responded to a 911 call early afternoon. Her appearance has led investigators to believe no foul play is involved because she was completely dressed in a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and sneakers.

It has been reported by CNN even with the achievements Judge Abdus-Salaam has accomplished, she faced tragedies in her personal life along the way. Around this time of year, her brother committed suicide three years ago. She was also dealing with stress due to work. This information on top of no apparent foul play found at the scene has police believing her death is a possible suicide.



Abdus-Salaam’s husband reported her missing on Tuesday. According to sources, her husband told police she was last heard from on Tuesday morning. She called her secretary around 9am to call out from work for the day. Also, no suicide note has been found by detectives. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Her death is still under investigation.




Source: CNN

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