Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam — the first black woman appointed to New York State’s highest court.
Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and police declined to speculate on the cause of her death. The NYPD said Abdus-Salaam’s death is being treated as suspicious until an investigation is completed and it’s determined exactly how she died.
Investigators have been combing through surveillance video for days, but have had trouble piecing together the hours before Abdus-Salaam’s death.
Abdus-Salaam, 65, was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1993, where she remained until 2009. She was serving on the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State, before her death. She was appointed to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013.