America's first female Muslim judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, was found dead in the Hudson River about a mile from her Harlem home on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Daily News reports. Abdus-Salaam, 65, was additionally the first African-American to serve on New York's highest court.
Abdus-Salaam was reported missing by her husband on Tuesday morning. She was found fully clothed floating near the riverbank and police told the Daily News there were no "signs of obvious trauma or injuries indicating foul play."
"As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state's Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "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." Jeva Lange