5.18.2013

Mexican authorities say arrests made in killing of Malcolm Shabazz

(FinalCall.com) - News reports have been circulated at Final Call press time that two men Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 24, and David Hernandez Cruz, 24, were charged with the beating death of Malcolm Shabazz, 28, the grandson of Minister Malcolm X in Mexico City. The Mexico City Attorney General, Rodolfo Rios was quoted saying that Mr. Shabazz died from blows to his head, ribs and jaw, according to reports.

Mexican authorities also reportedly noted that they still haven’t figured how Mr. Shabazz’s body came to be dumped on the street, saying the bar where he was allegedly drinking with an associate had its cameras facing the wall. Mr. Rios said rumors that Mr. Shabazz had jumped from the window were untrue.

A message on the blog under Malcolm Shabazz’s name stated as of May 12 his body was lying in in the Institute of Forensic Science in Mexico. “The family is offering no comment at this time,” Herb Boyd a reporter for the Amsterdam 
News explained to The Final Call in a text message on May 13. “Clearly, there are more questions than answers at this point,” offered Mr. Boyd.

Mary Ratcliff, associate publisher of the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper told The Final Call that Mr. Shabazz’s funeral would be either May 16th or 17th in Oakland.

“People believe It is safer, better and a more positive atmosphere here than on the East Coast,” Ms. Ratcliff said. You know, he spent a lot of time in The Bay area, she added.

“I was blessed with Malcolm’s beautiful smile. He was smart as a whip,” Ms. Ratcliff noted, adding, “People were so hopeful that Malcolm Shabazz would be a positive force in the world.”

Malcolm Shabazz, the son of Qubilah Shabazz, the second eldest of six daughters from the marriage of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, was reportedly in Mexico meeting with businessman, activist Miguel Suarez, a co-founder of RUMEC (Revolutionary United Mexicans in Combat), a California-based grassroots labor organization that worked to build Black and Latino unity, who had been deported in April. [READ MORE]