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Malcolm Shabazz, Malcolm X’s grandson, dead at age 30

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 6.25.54 PMFrom the Amsterdam NewsMalcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, was murdered today (Thursday, May 9, 2013). Reportedly, he died from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building during a robbery in Mexico, early Thursday morning.

“I’m confirming, per US Embassy, on bhalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come,” wrote close friend of the Shabazz family Terrie M. Williams on twitter.

Early reports said he was shot and information is still coming in. 

Malcolm Shabazz is survived by his three year old daughter, Ilyasah, his mother, Qubilah, and his closest aunt Ilyasah among others.

Malcolm Shabazz pled guilty and was found guilty of manslaughter and arson and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention. His stay was extended and he was released four years later. Years later he told the Amsterdam News that he had not set the fire.

Malcolm Shabazz 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.