Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, was slain in Mexico this week in what appears to be a robbery attempt. A statement was initially issued via Twitter and Facebook by a Shabazz family friend named Terrie Williams, and later confirmed with Shabazz’s friend Juan Ruiz of RUMEC (Revolutionary United Mexicans in Combat) San Jose.
Ruiz said, “He was murdered. He was in Mexico City and I believe they attempted to rob him and he didn’t allow it, so they beat him to death and he died on his way to the hospital.”
Shabazz was reportedly in Mexico City to visit Miguel Suarez, one of the group’s leaders who was deported in April.
He is the son of Qubilah Shabazz, who was the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. In his youth, he became renowned for admitting to setting a fire that caused the death of his grandmother. For that crime, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile detention facility.
Shabazz continued to have trouble with the law throughout his life, The New York Times reported. He plead guilty to attempted robbery in 2002 and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Just months after his release in 2006, he was arrested again, this time for punching a hole in a store window.
Shabazz is survived by his mother and two daughters.
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