The first African American and Muslim woman elected to New York’s Court was found dead in the Hudson River yesterday afternoon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam was fully clothed, floating in the water near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway at around 1:45 p.m after being reported missing earlier in the day. According to NYPD, the body showed no obvious signs of trauma or injuries therefore could be conclusive to suicide.
“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…..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.” Gov. Cuomo (NYC)
Source: NY Post