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UPDATE: May 11th 3:30PM EST

The Associated Press has released more details about the circumstances surrounding the death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X.  Malcolm was visiting a friend, recently deported labor activist, Miguel Sueraz when he got into a fight at a bar in Mexico City:

Labor activist Miguel Suarez said he was with Shabazz when his friend was beaten up during a dispute over a bill at a Mexico City bar.

Suarez, who was recently deported from the United States to Mexico, told the AP that they and several other people had gone to a bar near the downtown plaza that is home to Mexico City’s mariachis.

He said Friday the owner demanded they pay a $1,200 bill and a fight ensued. Suarez says he later found Shabazz injured outside the bar and took him to a hospital where he died on Thursday.



UPDATE: May 10th, 7:00PM EST

The family of Malcolm Shabazz has released a statement:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved El Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz. To all who knew him, he offered kindness, encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow. Although his bright light and boundless potential are gone from this life, we are grateful that he now rests in peace in the arms of his grandparents and the safety of God. We will miss him.

With grateful hearts, we send sincerest appreciation to our supporters around the world for your tremendous outpouring of love and respect during our time of grief.


The Shabazz Family


UPDATE: May 9th, 9:15PM EST

It was originally reported that Malcolm X’s grandson, Malcolm Shabazz was killed in Tijuana, Mexico.  Reports coming out of some people who are close to the situation have said that he was actually killed in Mexico City.  A reporter from the San Diego Union Tribune, tweeted that he was killed in Mexico City and was traveling with a recent deportee of the United States:


The U.S. Embassy has just confirmed that Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, was killed early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013. He died from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building as he was being robbed in Mexico City.

Amsterdam News reports:

“I’m confirming, per US Embassy, on bhalf 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.

Early reports said he was shot and information is still coming in. 

Malcolm Shabazz is survived by his three year old daughter, Ilyasah, his mother, Qubilah, and his closest aunt Ilyasah among others.

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.

SOURCE: Amsterdam News

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