Malcolm Lateef Shabazz, the son of Qubilah Shabazz (the second of Malcolm X’s six daughters) was killed in Mexico early today. He was 28. Malcolm Shabazz reportedly died of injuries suffered while being robbed in Mexico City early Thursday morning.
In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabazz set a fire at the apartment building of his grandmother Betty Shabazz. She was burned over 80% of her body and died three weeks after the incident. Malcom Shabazz was staying with his grandmother in Yonkers, New York while his mother was in San Antonio serving the terms of a plea agreement in connection with a plot to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Qubilah Shabazz had witnessed the assassination of her father, Malcolm X, in 1965. Malcolm Shabazz reportedly barely knew his father. Farrakhan and Shabazz later reached a “truce” after Farrakhan supported Qubilah Shabazz with financial and legal support in the case.
Malcolm Shabazz was sentenced to less than two years in juvenile detention for arson and manslaughter after the Yonkers fire. He is survived by two daughters and his mother. Accoding to the New York Amsterdam News, “he was in the process of writing two books, at least one of which was a manuscript, and he was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.”