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Little proof of hate crime in Iraqi woman's death

March 31: Relatives of Shaima Alawadi grieve during her funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad.

March 31: Relatives of Shaima Alawadi grieve during her funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad.  (AP)

Court documents in the California beating death of an Iraqi-American woman reveal a troubled family life and little evidence the killing was a hate crime.

U-T San Diego obtained court papers that say a family member told investigators that 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi planned to divorce her husband and move to Texas.

The documents also show the woman's 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin.

The teenager found Alawadi and called for help on March 21. The girl told reporters she found a note telling the family to go back where they came from, but authorities haven't disclosed the contents of the note.