The body of the first female Muslim United States judge was uncovered in the Hudson River after being reported missing.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, age 65, was spotted in the Hudson River near 132 Street and the Hudson Parkway after being reported missing from her home in Harlem only a few hours earlier. Her husband has identified her body.
Salaam served the New York Supreme court starting in 1993 until she was elected to the States Highest Court, the Court of Appeals, in 2013 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In addition to being the country’s first female Muslim judge, Salaam was also the state’s first African-American woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeals.
Gov. Cuomo said of Salaam, “Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.”
According to the New York Post, fellow judge and colleague stated “I’m deeply saddened at having lost a dear friend and colleague, the court has suffered a terrible blow.”
Early reports show no visible signs of trauma or a struggle that suggested foul play. Police are still investigating.