The family of Malcolm Shabazz has been relatively mum about the circumstances surrounding the 29-year old’s death. The family issued a statement on the matter, not giving many details about the situation.
Shabazz didn’t die in Tijuana, as originally reported. Actually, authorities are claiming that he died in Mexico city from what appears to be a beating. Police are looking into the incident as a homicide. They were called to the scene at 3:30 am, after receiving reports about an injured man. Police say that Malcolm was beaten, but there is no evidence of weapons being used.
Police are also saying that Malcolm was out that night and allegedly had a few beers before he died.
“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.”
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney said that the death surprised and stunned her. She’d traveled with Shabazz to Libya and served as his mentor.
“I was saddened, stunned, shocked, to read about the murder of young Malcolm,” former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney said.
“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.”