Police in Mexico City, Mexico, are investigating the death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights activist Malcolm X, as a homicide.
Shabazz, 29, died Thursday morning in a Mexico City hospital after suffering an apparent beating, according to a police report.
CNN reported that authorities were called to the scene of an injured man at 3:30 a.m. Thursday one block south of Plaza Garibaldi, a rough but famous patch of Mexico City known for its mariachis.
Shabazz, who reportedly had been trying to turn his life around, was transported to Mexico City's Balbuena General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
"He's really just a youngster, a very young man who was just struggling to get his life moving on a forward-looking track," said Abdur-Rashid. "He was always concerned about forging his own path. I'm just sad that things turned out the way they did."
"To all who knew him, he offered kindness, encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow," the Shabazz family said in a statement Friday. "Although his bright light and boundless potential are gone from this life, we are grateful that he now rests in peace in the arms of his grandparents and the safety of God."
"I was saddened, stunned, shocked, to read about the murder of young Malcolm," former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who had taken Shabazz under her wing and with whom he had traveled on a trip to Libya.
"Many of my closest associates have personal memories of their time with him and of his efforts to reach out to them for help," McKinney said. "He was writing a book."
Shabazz is survived by his three year old daughter, Ilyasah, his mother, Qubilah, and his closest aunt, Ilyasah, among others.
Shabazz was living with his grandmother Betty Shabazz, when he set fire to her Yonkers, N.Y. home in 1997. Mrs. Shabazz died from severe burns caused by the fire. Shabazz was just 12-years-old at the time. He eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson and was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile detention facility.
(Sources: CNN, Newsone)