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The family of Malcom X’s 28-year-old grandson, Malcolm Shabazz will be traveling to Mexico City, Mexico to claim his body after he was killed in an apparent robbery in the capital city.
Shabazz was the son of one of Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz six daughters – Qubilah. Shabazz was also one of the most well-known or better said more infamous members of the controversial civil rights leaders family.
The 28-year-old had numerous run-ins with the law including setting a fire in his grandmother’s home. The widow of Malcolm X later died from her injuries. As a then 12-year-old Shabazz served a 18-month prison sentence for intentionally setting the fire. Since then he has been in prison and in trouble with the law for a myriad of crimes from robbery to vandalism. His mother Qubilah has also been in trouble with the law and was charged with plotting to kill one of Malcolm X’s rivals Louis Farrakhan back in 1995.
Officially the family is not saying why Shabazz went to Mexico City while others report that he went to meet a Mexican labor activist recently deported from the U.S. Miguel Suarez is the head of ‘Revolutional United Mexican in Combat” or “RUMEC” and the reason why Shabazz was in the capital city according to TPM.
Juan Ruiz a leader of the RUMEC organization reports that Shabazz was severely beaten when he “didn’t allow it [the robbery]” and died enroute to the hospital. That version of events has not been confirmed by Mexican or American authorities. The U.S. State Department though has confirmed that a U.S. citizen had been murdered in Mexico City but did not identity the victim as Shabazz.