Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first Black woman to be appointed to New York state’s highest court and the first Muslim woman to serve as a judge in U.S was found dead on Wednesday on the bank of the Hudson River.
Justice Sheila who is 65 years old was discovered unresponsive in the water around 2pm in the Manhatta side of the river by the Henry Hudson park way just a mile from her central Harlem home.
Her body was fully clothed with no obvious sign of trauma and the police has declined to speculate on the cause of her death.
Her husband actually declared her missing on Tuesday. The Washington native Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard college in 1974 with a degree in economics. And her law degree from Columbia University in 1977.