Dead Body of America’s First Female African-American Judge Found in Hudson River

New York’s Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge of the state’s appeals court, was found dead along the shore of the Hudson River next to Upper Manhattan around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

Police have dubbed Abdus-Salaam’s death as a possible suicide despite no apparent signs of physical trauma, struggle or injury. The investigation remains open and no conclusive statement by the NYPD or the Coroner’s Office has been released yet.


A New York Times report discusses some seemingly absurd detail regarding Abdus-Salaam’s death and the manner of which she was found; her husband had reported her missing the night before as well as Police Official’s stating Abdus-Salaam leaving the premises of her apartment without her wallet or cellphone.

Abdus-Salaam’s death is currently being treated as a suicide by investigators despite any video surveillance yet to be found that would indicate a specified walking path towards the river or a discovery of a suicide note. The death of this highly esteemed member of New York’s and the U.S.’s justice system is, however, being treated as a suicide for it is prevalent in Abdus-Salaam’s family history. Abdus-Salaam’s mother had committed suicide at the age of 92 around the time of Easter in 2012 and Abdus-Salaam’s brother had committed suicide-by-firearm two years later.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, revered by the judicial legal community of New York as well as the Harlem and African-American community, has had the likes of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) praise her at both a personal and professional level. The investigation’s current verdict of Abdus-Salaam’s death as a potential suicide may seem likely given her familial past, highly unlikely when it comes to the achievements of her personal life and the sentiments of others towards her.

The case of Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s death is yet to close.


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