According to the Amsterdam News, Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, was killed Thursday morning in Mexico. Shabazz is the son of Qubilah Shabazz, who was the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. The details of his death are still sketchy at best, but he allegedly died from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building or shot as he was being robbed in Tijuana.
From Amsterdam New:
“I’m confirming, per U.S. Embassy, on behalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come,” wrote close friend of the Shabazz family Terrie M. Williams on twitter.
Family members have confirmed his death and that he was in Mexico but have not confirmed the exact location or circumstances of how Malcolm Shabazz died.
Malcolm Shabazz is survived by two daughters, his mother and several aunts.
Malcolm Shabazz pled guilty and was found guilty of manslaughter and arson and was sentenced to 18 months in Juvenile detention. His stay was extended and he was released four years later. Years later he told the Amsterdam News that he had not set the fire.
Malcolm Shabazz was in the process of writing two books, at least one of which was a manuscript, and he was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
According to Talking Points Memo, Juan Ruiz, a member of the California-based labor organization Rumec, said Shabazz was in Mexico City with one of the group’s leaders, Miguel Suarez who had been deported from the United States last month.
“He’s a supporter of our organization” said Ruiz. “He went to Mexico to meet with Miguel.”
Details are still developing surrounding Shabazz’s death.