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Earlier this week, 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s was missing from her Harlem home and hours later her body was found floating in the Hudson River. When medical examiners saw her body, they ruled out a homicide and determined suicide as cause of death.
Abdus-Salaam was America’s first Black Muslim judge, was a powerful force in her field, and was loved and respected by many. Reported on Fox Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed her to her position, shared some thoughtful words for her memory.
“She was a pioneer,” N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come. I was proud to appoint her to the state’s highest court and am deeply saddened by her passing.”