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26 years to life in prison for man convicted of killing wife in City Heights

A man convicted of killing his wife at the couple’s City Heights apartment more than three years ago was sentenced Tuesday to 26 years to life in state prison.

Mohamed Abidaziz Kerow, 48, was convicted by a San Diego Superior Court jury earlier this year of first-degree murder and an allegation he used a deadly weapon in the slaying of Muna Salad Kuri, 36.

The victim’s body was discovered by her sister on the morning of March 4, 2019, on a bed at the couple’s Van Dyke Avenue home. Prosecutors allege the woman was beaten and suffered skull fractures. The body also had sharp force injuries to the hands and arms.

Days later, San Diego police said they were looking for Kerow as the suspect in Kuri’s killing.

Kerow was arrested more than two weeks later in Panama.

At his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Kerow repeatedly denied killing his wife.

“All I have to say is I love my wife and I did not kill my wife,” he said.

Some of Kuri’s family members said they suspected something was amiss with Kerow, but accepted him in their family because Kuri loved him.

One of Kuri’s sisters, Amiina Salad, called Kerow “a heartless, ungrateful, human being.”

“You say you loved her. No, you didn’t. You used her,” Salad said.

Kuri’s nephew, Samir Abdirizak, said his aunt “was a person you could never really be sad around because her light was just too bright for us to feel like anything was wrong.”

“You took her from us and we will never forgive you for that,” Abdirizak told Kerow.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Gallagher said the victim, who ran a local daycare center, was “the true essence of a wonderful humanitarian.”

“Please continue and carry on her work,” the judge said to her family. “Carry on her love and carry on her legacy.’’

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