A black jurist, Sheila Abdus Salaam, who became the first female Muslim judge was found dead on Wednesday in Hudson River New York. She was 65 years old associate judge of New York’s highest court and was found floating off Manhattan’s West side at about 1:45 p.m. (1545 GMT). A police spokesman said.

Witnesses at the place called 911 and spotted her fully clothed body in the water. She had been reported missing from her home in Harlem earlier in the day. Sheila’s family identified her and there was not obvious signs of trauma or injuries.

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United States’ First Female Muslim Judge Found Dead in New York

Gov. Cuomo wrote in a statement that,

“Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all. She was a pioneer. 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. I was proud to appoint her to the state’s highest court and am deeply saddened by her passing.”

Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. She started her career with East Brooklyn Legal Services and also served as a New York state assistant attorney general.

No doubt, she was the first African-American woman to serve on the new York’s highest court. May her soul rest in peace!