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The death of NY state court found in the Hudson River allegedly ‘suspicious’

Judge Sheila abdus-Salaam was found dead on the banks of the Hudson River on Wednesday.

(AP)

The death of the first female Muslim AMERICAN judge—who was found dead last week on the banks of New York, the Hudson River— are still being investigated and is reported to have been considered suspicious.

Sheila abdus-Salaam ‘ s body was discovered along the river in the neighbourhood of Harlem, on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing, police said. The police said that her body showed no obvious signs of trauma.

Police sources told CBS2 that family and friends have said that she was struggling with depression. Police told the station that, although her death is considered suspicious, there are no signs of crime.

Abdus-Salaam, who was 65 years old, graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She began her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a judge in Manhattan state Supreme Court 14 years, according to the state Office of Court Administration of the website.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who are appointed abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeal in 2013, called her a ” pioneering lawyer.”

“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal, she was a pioneer,” said Cuomo. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unwavering moral compass, she is a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”

Chief judge Janet DiFiore said her colleagues “missed deeply.”

“Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and clear legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” DiFiore said.

The former chief judge Jonathan Lippman said that he knew abdus-Salaam for many years. He said her death was “difficult to understand.”

“The court is struck by a terrible blow,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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