R.I.P: Sheila Abdus-Salaam
SHEILA ABDUS-Salaam, an associate judge on New York State’s highest court and the first African-American woman to serve on that bench, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River, the authorities said.
Officials confirm that her body was found floating in the river, after she was reported missing from her home in Harlem earlier in the day.
According to News 4 New York, a call was made to the NYPD, where they soon identified the victim as Abdus-Salaam, and her husband confirmed that his wife was the deceased victim.
Her body showed no signs of trauma, and she will be transferred to a medical center to determine the official cause of death.
Abdus-Salaam was also the first African-American New York State Court Justice. In 1993, she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, and at the time of her death, she was serving on the New York State Court of Appeals. She was 65 years old.
Speaking on her passing, N.Y Gov Andrew Cuomo said: “Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come. I was proud to appoint her to the state’s highest court and am deeply saddened by her passing.”