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Malcolm Shabazz death: 2 men arrested in slaying

Malcolm Shabazz, the 14-year-old grandson of Malcolm X,

Malcolm Shabazz, the 14-year-old grandson of Malcolm X, is led in handcuffs from Family Court in Yonkers. (July 29, 1999) Photo Credit: AP

Prosecutors in Mexico City say they have arrested two men in connection with the death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of political activist Malcolm X.

An official of the city's prosecutor's office who was not authorized to be quoted by name says the two suspects are employees of the bar where Shabazz reportedly got in a violent dispute last week.

The 28-year-old Shabazz died of blunt-force trauma injuries. A companion, labor activist Miguel Suarez, said the dispute involved a $1,200 bar tab.

The official who spoke with The Associated Press was unable to provide further details Monday.

Much like his grandfather, Shabazz spent his youth in and out of trouble.

Shabazz was born in 1984 to Qubilah Shabazz, one of six daughters of Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz. Qubilah was 4 years old when she saw her father shot to death as he delivered a speech in a Harlem ballroom in 1965.

In June 1997, Shabazz, then 12, set a fire at his grandmother Betty Shabazz's Yonkers home. She died from severe burns, and he served 4 years in juvenile detention.

He also served time for a 2002 attempted robbery in Middletown and was released in 2005. Then in 2006, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for smashing the window of a Yonkers doughnut shop.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis said Malcolm Shabazz worked for him several years ago at Mount Vernon City Hall, and described him as mild-mannered and likable.

In recent years, Malcolm Shabazz said he was writing a memoir and traveling the country to speak out against youth violence. On his Facebook profile, he said he was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

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