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Husband Named Person of Interest After Woman Found Dead in City Heights Apartment: SDPD

Muna Kuri, a Somali, came to the US from Kenya in 2000 and married her husband, Abdiaziz Kerow, in 2014.

Homicide investigators want to talk with the husband of a woman who was found dead Monday in her City Heights apartment. 

Muna Salad Kuri was first discovered by her sister, Amiina Salad, in her home on Van Dyke Avenue near Polk Avenue at 8:55 a.m., according to the San Diego Police Department.

"I just found my sister in a house, blood everywhere on the bed... no pulse, no nothing, just laying there cold," Amiina Salad said. “I didn’t believe it. It feels like a dream.”

Kuri, 36, had traumatic injuries to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene, officers said.

According to initial reports, the woman’s family last heard from her on Saturday. Amiina Salad said she came to check on her after Kuri didn't show up to the daycare center where she worked.

Kuri, a Somali, came to the United States from Kenya in 2000 and married her husband, Abdiaziz Kerow, in 2014.

SDPD said it is investigating her death as a homicide.

Police began searching for Kerow, 45, Monday but didn’t name him as a person of interest in his wife’s death until Tuesday.

His whereabouts are currently unknown to SDPD, and the department said it wants to interview him.

Several members of the local Somali community were seen gathered outside of Kuri’s home while police investigated her death. Many were in disbelief of her death.

San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez, who represents District 9, which City Heights is a part of, released the following statement Tuesday on Kuri’s death.

“Today, the District Nine community mourns the death of a beloved community member, Muna Kuri. She was an active member of the Somali community and caretaker to many of the children of City Heights.

“I stand in solidarity with the community in their mourning and support a full investigation into her death as the community continues to grieve.

“My office is in contact with Somali community leaders and I am here to serve as a resource during this very difficult time. We are here to support the community as we go forward so that incidents like these do not continue to happen in our vibrant, diverse communities of District Nine.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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