In a previous article, New York Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was pronounced dead after authorities discovered her body floating in the Hudson River.
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Seeing no physical injuries or trauma, authorities immediately ruled the death of the prestigious judge a suicide on April 13th. Salaam’s husband, Gregory Jacobs, who is a minister at the episcopal diocese of Newark, does not believe that his wife committed suicide.
According to a New York Daily News report, Jacobs is not convinced that his wife took her own life. Not one bit.
“Those of us who loved [the judge] and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality,” said the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, who married the New York state Court of Appeals judge last year. “And in the absence of any conclusive evidence, we believe such speculation to be unwarranted and irresponsible.”
The statement was made public after authorities said they found no evidence of trauma or struggle on the body.
After confirming that there was no suicide note, no trauma to the body and no signs of struggle, an autopsy ruled Salaam’s death to be inconclusive.
“These reports have frequently included unsubstantiated comments concerning my wife’s possible mental and emotional state of mind at the time of her death,” Jacobs said in a statement.
According to New York Daily News, Salaam was captured on video walking alone near her home the night before her body was discovered.
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On April 11th, a security camera on W. 131st St. at 8:30 pm showed the well-respected judge heading in the direction of where the river was located.
The last sighting of the judge had been at 10:00 am, the day before she was found. Apparently that day Salaam called her assistant and told her that she would not be at work that day because she was feeling sick. According to many reports, Salaam had been depressed after her mother and brother’s passing.
Although many reports stated that Salaam’s mother and brother both committed suicide, the family of the judge made it known to the public that those rumors were not true. Salaam’s mother died in 2012 of natural causes, at the age of 92. Her brother passed in 2014 after losing a battle with lung cancer.
Salaam’s widower pleaded with authorities and the public community,
“I now join with the NYPD in asking anyone in the neighborhood to step forward with any information that might help us determine what may have happened during those hours before her death,” the priest pleaded.
Along with clarifying the rumors of her family’s “suicidal” history, the family also released a statement thanking all who offered their sympathy and support after the death of their loved one.
The once open and closed, easy case, has now been assigned to a special team of investigators by the Police Department. Authorities who once insisted the death of this graceful judge was suicide, is now treating Abdus-Salaam’s death as suspicious. The police on Tuesday put out a poster asking for information:
Medical examiners for this case planned additional tests to determine exactly what killed judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.