As this story unfolds, it seems as though neither the Muslim community nor the wider metropolis cares about justice. Getting to the root cause of death for a particular immigrant woman might prove embarassing for the former, and explosive for the latter. So there was an attempt to call it a suicide and close the case. According to the first report:
The Tampa Police Department claims that Fatima Abdallah killed herself by repeatedly beating her head against a coffee table. FFA and numerous other organizations call that assertion preposterous. Florida Family Association contends that Fatima Abdallah died as the result of an honor killing and not an accident. Florida Family Association’s full report on the mishandling of the death of Fatimah Abdallah is posted here at Floridafamily.org
If this were a Muslim country, the family wouldn't worry about an investigation, because there is an understanding within Islam that families take care of their own, and sometimes punishments need to be administered--even capital punishment. But in America, there is a grey area, in which such a family cannot be sure of how their behaviour will be interpreted by others. Their greatest leverage is to remind onlookers of "seething prejudice" against them, which makes them the victim and creating an environment that will make investigators wary. And the municipality knows that such "prejudices" will unleash uncontrollable results that they would rather avoid altogether. (The police admitted that they fear Muslim reprisals if they proceed with more scrutiny.)
So everyone agrees that truth and justice must be short-circuited in the name of diversity. Muslims feel comfortable basking in their imported culture, locals feel safer not raising the issue (they didn't know the girl anyway) and those in charge of public safety can breathe a sigh of relief.
Yet, there are those who see a deeper problem:
If law enforcement agencies are unwilling to properly investigate and bring charges in violent crimes that may have been perpetuated by religious creeds it will undermine our public safety and severely change our value system.
Amen. It is essential that we stand firm against whatever causes families to place honour over human life--whether it be ancient culture, revealed religion, or just warped priorities. We live differently in a Judeo-Christian nation, because justice, human dignity and safeguarding the innocent are our priorities.
Did you fail to rescue those who were being dragged off to death, those tottering, those near death, because you said, “We didn’t know about it”? Surely, the Searcher of hearts knows and will repay all according to their deeds (Proverbs 24:11-12).