She was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come — Governor Mario Cuomo
Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to be appointed to New York’s Court of Appeals, was found dead on Wednesday in New York’s Hudson River.
Abdus-Salaam also became the first female Muslim to serve as a U.S. judge when she joined the New York State Supreme Court in 1994.
According to the BBC News, police first learned the judge was missing after her husband made a call Wednesday. Officers with the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded to a report of a person floating by the shore in Upper Manhattan. Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m.
The New York Times reports:
“Officers with the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit responded about 1:45 p.m. to a report of a person floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan.
“Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was taken to a pier on the Hudson River and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m.
“The police were investigating how she ended up in the river, and it was not clear how long Judge Abdus-Salaam, who lived nearby in Harlem, had been missing.
“There were no signs of trauma on her body, the police said. She was fully clothed.
“A law enforcement official said investigators had found no signs of criminality. Her husband identified her body.”
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist and a force for good.
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies. https://t.co/hnic07Shp1
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 12, 2017