Fatima Abdallah was a divorced Muslim woman who allegedly killed herself by slamming her head into a coffee table and a tile floor. It has been ruled an accident.
Did an honor killing occur on August 17, 2009, in Tampa? Could there have been a cover up by authorities?I rather think the Hillsborough County ME's Office opened a can of worms on this one. Better to let a jury settle the matter of whether this was an accidental death or not.
These are the kinds of questions people in Tampa are asking about the death of Fatimah Abdallah, a 48 year-old woman, who was divorced by her husband, because she did not bear him children.
Tampa Police seem to have bought the story relatives tell that Fatima Abdallah killed herself by “repeatedly slamming her head onto a coffee table and the tile floor”.
However, Tampa Rescue said she looked like someone beat her up and disagree that she could have killed herself in that manner. In addition to head, face and lip injuries, she had several fractured lower ribs and hemorrhaging in that area, which is consistent with cases of blunt trauma to the rib cage.
Moreover, the victim died in the home of her brother, Muhammad Abdullah Hmeid. According to Private Investigator Bill Warner, her brother has "aggravated battery, deadly weapon priors", which should have raised some alarm bells.
Finally, family members waited nearly 2 ½ hours before calling 911. (Why wouldn't they contact authorities immediately?)
Despite these contradictions, the Hillsborough Medical Examiner ruled that Fatimah Abdallah's death in August of 2009 was an accident. The ME ruled that during an argument with her mother, Fatimah Abdallah threw herself to the floor, smashed her face into a coffee table, and died from the resulting brain hemorrhage.
There is a rally for Fatima planned for June 10th in Tampa.