When I read stories like this I can’t help wondering what went wrong. This young man comes from a fine African American pedigree and yet at 12 he was already well on his way to a life of crime. Are some people born to destroy? What sets them on that path? Questions we will never have answers to I guess.
A family friend posted on Facebook and Twitter that Malcolm Shabazz, 29, who was sentenced to 3 years in state prison for his role in a a street robbery in Middletown, N.Y. at age 17, passed way.
The grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X was reported Thursday to have died in Mexico.
The death of Malcolm Shabazz, 29, was reported online by the Amsterdam News, which cited an Internet post by a family friend.
The circumstances, however, were not immediately clear.
Officials at the State Department told the Daily News a United States citizen had died in Mexico City, but they would not provide further information.
“We have been in contact with family members and at their request we have no further comment at this time,” an official said.
The Amsterdam News cited a tweet by family associate Terrie M. Williams, who also shared a post about Shabazz’s death on Facebook.
“I’m confirming, per US Embassy, on behalf of the family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz,” the posts from Williams’ Twitter and Facebook accounts said.
A second individual confirmed the death to the news site Talking Points Memo late Thursday.
Juan Ruiz, a member of the California-based activist organization Rumec, told the site he had been in contact with Rumec leader Miguel Suarez. Shabazz, Ruiz said, had gone to Mexico to meet Suarez.
Shabazz, the son of Malcolm X’s second daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, first ran afoul of the law at an early age.
At 12, he pleaded guilty to arson for setting a fire in Yonkers that killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X. Five years later, when he was 17, Shabazz was sentenced to three years in state prison for his role in a a street robbery in Middletown, N.Y.
Shabazz, who attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, was working on a pair of books. He previously claimed he was being harassed by the FBI.
Culled from nydailynews.com