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Body of first female Muslim US judge found in New York river

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam was also the first African-American woman to serve on the New York Court of Appeals

The body of the United States' first female Muslim judge was found in New York's Hudson River on Wednesday, the New York Post reports.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, served as an associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals and was also the first African-American woman to serve there.

Sources told the newspaper that Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing earlier in the day by her husband, and that her body showed no visible signs of foul play.

Abdus-Salaam graduated from Columbia Law School before starting work at a legal clinic in New York. She was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1993 and appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2013.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo described Abdus-Salaam as "a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all."

"She was a pioneer. Through her writings, her wisdom, and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come," he said in a statement.

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