Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to sit as an associate judge on the bench of New York State's highest court was found dead in the Hudson River last Wednesday. Whilst many have speculated suicide, her Christian minister husband believes it is something much more sinister.
"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 cited by NBC News. "Those of us who loved Sheila and knew her well do not believe that these unfounded conclusions have any basis in reality."
Police are uncertain how long Abdus-Salaam's body had been in the water, nor could they establish a cause of death. The Rev. Jacobs said his wife "loved Harlem and its people and lived there for nearly all of her adult life."
"I now join with the NYPD in asking anyone in the
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