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First female Muslim judge in New York found dead in river

By Mason White 3:05 PM April 13, 2017
Sheila Abdus-Salaam
Sheila Abdus-Salaam
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) Police launched a search after a female judge went missing in New York.

One day after she was reported missing from her home in the Bronx, the judge’s body was found in the Hudson River.

Witnesses called police at 1:45 p.m., to report seeing a body floating in the water near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

Rescue workers recovered the body, and learned that it was that of the missing judge, 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

Police said that judge Abdus-Salaam, was found fully clothed and there were no signs of trauma on her body. They are now investigating the cause of her death.

Abdus-Salaam was very proud when she was chosen to be the first Muslim and African-American female to serve on New York’s Court of Appeals.

She was appointed to the position by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013.

Abdus-Salaam, who grew up in Washington D.C., said that her family were slaves to people in Virginia.

“All the way from Arrington, Virginia, where my family was the property of someone else, to my sitting on the highest court of the State of New York, is amazing and huge,” Abdus-Salaam said after she was appointed as judge.