Mourners gather to remember Malcolm X's grandson

AP News
Posted: May 17, 2013 1:48 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of mourners have gathered inside the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland for services to remember Malcolm X's grandson, Malcolm Shabazz.

Authorities say he was beaten to death last week in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City.

The 28-year-old grandson of the slain civil rights leader had a troubled life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother's apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, to stints in juvenile hall and prison.

He seemed to be seeking redemption with plans to write a memoir and denouncing youth violence.

Friday's traditional Islamic service is set to include readings, remarks, spoken word as well as comments from family, friends and local leaders in the community.

Mexico City's top prosecutor said two waiters arrested in the case had served Shabazz at the Palace bar near Plaza Garibaldi. An autopsy found Shabazz died of blows to the head, face and torso.