His life was cut short at 28 years old. Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of famed civil rights activist Malcolm X mysteriously died while on a trip to Mexico.
Some reports say that Shabazz was robbed while others say he was murdered.
In a report from Talking Points Memo, according to an associate, Shabazz was badly beaten during a robbery last Wednesday in Mexico City. But others, such as Dr. Randy Short, a friend of Shabazz have other theories.
Recently, Shabazz had become outspoken about the mistreatment of African-Americans and the disparities that they face in the US. This Press TV interview with Malcolm Shabazz was taken just more than one year ago.
Shabazz was described as a spirited and passionate man who sometimes would give in to impulsiveness. He was a member and a supporter of the Occupy movement and championed a movement embracing black autonomy much like his grandfather Malcolm X did.
Shabazz also had a troubled past. In a few of his run-ins with the law, as a youth he spent time in jail, sentenced for setting a fire that killed his grandmother when he was 12 years old. He was also connected to the “Bloods,” one of the most prominent street gangs in the country. During his affiliation, he was convicted of attempted robbery and spent several years in prison. But as Shabazz got older, he seemed to gain his footing willing to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a leader.
In recent interviews, Shabazz discussed how he and his family constantly felt like they were being monitored by the US government. He was working on several books that he said chronicled his life and were expected to explain some of his indiscretions. Shabazz is survived by his mother and two daughters.
- Mexico Arrests 2 Men in Murder of Malcolm Shabazz (atlantablackstar.com)
- Malcolm Shabazz, grandson and namesake of Malcolm X (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Malcolm Shabazz, Grandson of Malcolm X, Killed In Mexico (hiphopwired.com)