SHAFAQNA- Ola Salem, the 25-year-old Muslim woman who was found dead in Bloomingdale Park was an advocate of domestic violence survivors. But her death has not been ruled as a homicide, and no arrests have been made.
Her body was discovered on Oct. 24 in Bloomingdale Park on Staten Island, partially covered by leaves and fully dressed, according to the police. But her death has not been ruled as a homicide, and no arrests have been made.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department, Al Baker, said there is an ongoing investigation into the death but would not comment further, nytimes told.
The city’s medical examiner office said the cause of death had not been determined because it is awaiting results of toxicology tests, which can take weeks.
“I don’t know who did this to her,” said Dania Darwish, a friend and the president of the Asiyah Women’s Center in Brooklyn, the domestic violence shelter where Ms. Salem volunteered. “I have not one single clue.”
A GoFundMe page was set up in Salem’s name by the support center for victims of domestic violence where Salem actively volunteered. The Asiyah Women’s Center is a New York-based shelter that provides support to Muslim victims of domestic violence.
“She was a committed volunteer and passionate about alleviating the pain of domestic violence survivors,” a statement by the shelter said. “She volunteered in our center for months, often assisting with the intake process, according to arabamericannews.
Ms Salem’s father, Kabary Salem, said in an interview that his daughter had spoken to her mother of being trailed on the highway. “She always said somebody would follow her,” he said, independent mentioned.
“I want to know what happened to her, what is the reason for that — but no one tells me. I am just waiting,” Ms Salem’s father said.
In 2011, when she was 17, she made headlines when she visited Playland Park, an amusement park in Rye, New York, as part of a trip organised by the society to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.
She was told by workers she could not join her younger sister on a ride because of her hijab and was asked to speak with management. The issue escalated, and a minor melee broke out, with 15 people arrested.
“They said ‘no’ because of my ‘headgear,’” Salem told the Times. “I said, ‘It’s not my headgear. It’s my religion.’”