Photo: Procurador General de Ciudad de Mexico
Two suspects have been arrested in Mexico City in connection with the killing last week of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of U.S. political activist Malcolm X, District Attorney Rodolfo Fernando Rios said.
David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez, who worked as waiters at The Palace Club on the Plaza Garibaldi, were arrested for the beating death of Shabazz, Rios said.
The two suspects, both 24, and two other men allegedly beat Shabazz early Thursday after he refused to pay a $1,200 bar tab, the DA said.
The 29-year-old Shabazz died a few hours later at a hospital emergency room “as a result of the trauma from being beaten with a large blunt object,” Rios said.
Investigators determined that Shabazz arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, a border city in northwestern Mexico, along with a person whose identity is not being disclosed because they are considered a victim, Rios said.
Shabazz’s companion, a Mexican, was robbed and threatened but managed to get out of the bar alive, DA’s office spokesmen said.
Malcolm’s mother, Qubilah Shabazz, was one of six daughters of Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz.
Qubilah was only 4 when she witnessed her father’s 1965 assassination in New York.
In August 1997, the then-12-year-old Malcolm Shabazz was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for starting a fire that resulted in the death of grandmother Betty Shabazz.