|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 18:14:28|
NY’s ‘trailblazing’ women judge found dead in Hudson River
Sheila Abdus-Salaam (65), the first African-American woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, was found dead in the Hudson River.
Police responded to a 911 call about a woman in the water of the Hudson around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
They found an unconscious and unresponsive woman, who was later pronounced dead and identified as Abdus-Salaam, reports CNN.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the incident is under investigation, according to a statement from the New York Police Department.
Abdus-Salaam had been an associate justice on the state's Court of Appeals since her confirmation in 2013.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who appointed her to the state's highest court, hailed her as a "trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all."
She had been reported missing by her husband on Tuesday, reported CNN affiliate WCBS in New York.
Abdus-Salaam's death came the same week a prominent Chicago judge was killed outside his home Monday. A suspect in that case has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Judge Raymond Myles.