Turner Family Statement

April 19, 2017

We, the family of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, are devastated at the loss of our sister, aunt, and cousin.  She was an extraordinary woman. We loved her dearly, and were extremely proud of her. Sheila’s unwavering support to our family and her friends was exemplary. We will forever reflect on her courage, determination and strength that was capstoned by her modest, humble and beautiful spirit. Her legacy of high standards, morals and values will extend far beyond the courtroom to the many lives she touched and inspired in our family and around the world!

As we await the outcome of the investigation into the circumstances associated with her death, we want to correct some inaccuracies that have been reported in the media. Sheila’s mother, the matriarch of our family who died at age 92 in 2012, did not take her own life. Shelia’s younger brother, who died in 2014, lost his battle with terminal lung cancer. Additionally, Sheila has not been a practicing Muslim for the past 20 years. She continued to use her first husband’s surname professionally. We will forever remember witnessing her happiness as she united in marriage to an Episcopal priest last year.

We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us with acts of kindness and expression of sympathy during this difficult time. At this time, we are requesting privacy as we grieve the loss of our beloved Sheila. Media may contact Rebecca Wilson (rebecca@canticlecommunications.com) or 330-524-2067.

–the Turner family