MEXICO (PIX11) — Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, was killed in Mexico City Thursday morning.
The death, first reported by The Amsterdam News, was confirmed by two U.S. officials who told the AP they did not want to be identified because they were not permitted to discuss the death with the media.
On Thursday, The Amsterdam News, citing the U.S. Embassy and a close friend of the Shabazz family, reported on the death, saying there was conflicting information about the circumstances. The AP also offered no details on what happened.
When Shabazz was a teenager, he worked closely with Williams, who is a publicist, social worker and author of inspirational books. He even worked for her as a public speaker, warning other teens to avoid pitfalls he had experienced in his own life. Williams also posted the news on her Facebook page and added that a family statement will be forthcoming.
Shabazz was working on two books and attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice when he went to Mexico. It is still unclear what the purpose of his trip was, but family members confirmed he was there.
On June 1, 1997, a 12-year-old Shabazz set fire to the Yonkers apartment of his grandmother, Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz. Betty, a civil rights leader, died on June 23 of that year of injuries sustained in the blaze.
He was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile detention center in August 1997, but ultimately served four years. He was also sentenced to three and a half years in prison for a beating and robbery of a teenager in Middletown, N.Y. when he was 17.
Shabazz is survived by his two daughters.