Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed in Mexico

2malcolmsThe U.S. Embassy has confirmed that Malcolm Shabazz – grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, has been killed in Mexico. Unconfirmed reports around the circumstances of his death indicate that he died early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013 from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building or shot as he was being robbed in Tijuana.

Malcolm Shabazz was the son of Qubilah Shabazz, the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. Family members have confirmed his death and that he was in Mexico but have not confirmed the exact location or circumstances of how Shabazz died. In In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabazz set a fire that caused the death of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. He was found guilty of manslaughter and arson and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention.

Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic at the time, Shabazz later disputed the diagnosis, but had a turbulent and troubled adult life subsequent to his release. He is survived by two daughters, his mother and several aunts.

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