Tip-Off for 5/10/13 (featuring Bob Marley): Malcolm Shabazz (El Hajj Malcolm el Shabazz), the grandson of Malcolm X is murdered in Mexico
(Before It’s News)
The resemblance between Malcolm Shabazz and his grandfather are strikingly similar.
Malcolm Shabazz, the first male descendant of Malcolm X was killed in what is being called a robbery attempt in Mexico. Details surrounding his death are still unconfirmed. Shabazz was 28.
Malcolm Shabazz never set out to walk in the footsteps of his larger than life grandfather, but life has its own script. Described as “brilliant but disturbed”, Shabazz spent most of his pre-teen years moving cross-country with his mother Qubilah Shabazz. If Malcolm was not with his mother, he spent most of his time with his grandmother Betty Shabazz.
In 1995, Qubilah was charged with attempting to hire an assassin to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. She accepted a plea agreement with respect to the charges, in which she maintained her innocence but accepted responsibility for her actions. Under the terms of the agreement, she was required to undergo psychological counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse for a two-year period in order to avoid a prison sentence. For the duration of her treatment, Malcolm Shabazz, then ten years old, was sent to live with Betty Shabazz at her apartment in Yonkers, New York.
During this time Shabazz in his own words began to “act out”, hoping the attention would reunite him with his mother. His greatest act of rebellion would scar his family forever.
On June 1, 1997, Shabazz — who was twelve then, set fire to his grandmother’s apartment. Betty Shabazz was burned over 80 percent of her body. On June 23, 1997, Shabazz succumbed to her injuries. Malcolm was deemed psychotic and schizophrenic and sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to manslaughter and arson.
Upon his release in 2003, Shabazz had a couple of run ins with the law before making his Hajj to Mecca in 2010.
In recent years, Shabazz made it his life’s work to speak to younger people hoping to deter them from mistakes he had made in his life.
In February 2013, Iranian state-controlled Press TV reported that Shabazz had been arrested by the FBI while he was traveling to Iran. The story was widely reported, but two days later Shabazz’s family announced that the Press TV report was incorrect. They said Shabazz had been arrested, but his arrest had nothing to do with the FBI or Iran.
Shabazz is survived by his mother, two daughters and several aunts.
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