Mourners gather to remember Malcolm X’s grandson
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mourners are gathering at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland to remember Malcolm X’s grandson, Malcolm Shabazz.
Authorities say Shabazz was beaten to death last week in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City.
The 28-year-old grandson of the slain civil rights leader had a troubled life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother’s apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, to stints in juvenile hall and prison.
He seemed to be seeking redemption with plans to write a memoir and denouncing youth violence.
Mexico City’s top prosecutor said the two waiters arrested in the case had served Shabazz at the Palace bar near Plaza Garibaldi. An autopsy found Shabazz died of blows to the head, face and torso.