Malcolm X's grandson murdered in Mexico

2013-05-10 15:00
Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) waiting for a press conference at an unknown location. (Library of Congress, AFP)

Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) waiting for a press conference at an unknown location. (Library of Congress, AFP)

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Cape Town – The grandson of American civil rights icon Malcolm X has been beaten to death in Mexico, reports said on Friday.

Talking Points Memo reported that Malcolm Shabaaz, aged 28, was killed during a robbery in Mexico City on Wednesday night.

According to the report, Shabaaz, who is reported to have been politically active, was in Mexico City working with a California-based labour organisation.

"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," said Ruiz. "This is all I can confirm, everything else is under investigation for the meantime," Juan Ruiz, a member of the organisation Rumec told Talking Points Memo.

Global Grind reported that he died from injuries sustained after being thrown off a building in Mexico City.

In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabaaz set fire to the house where he was living with his grandmother. His grandmother subsequently died from injuries sustained in the blaze.

In an interview with the New York Times he would later say that he started the fire because he wanted to be sent back to live with his mother.

After his release from jail he had a number of run-ins with the law including a 2002 arrest for robbery. In 2006 he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief after punching the window of a store.
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