New information has emerged about the surprising death of Malcolm Shabazz’, the grandson of civil rights icon Malcolm X.
According to the Associated Press, the 28-year-old was killed during a bar fight at a Mexico City restaurant. Witnesess report the owner demanded Shabazs to pay a $1,200 bill and a brawl broke out when he refused to take the bill.
After the dispute, the young activist was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma injuries.
Here’s how labor activist Miguel Suarez, a friend traveling with Shabazz, explained the incident:
“We were dancing with the girls and drinking,” said Suarez. Then the owner of the bar wanted them to pay a $1,200 bar tab, alleging that they should pay for music, drinks and the girls’ companionship.
“We pretty much got hassled,” he said. “A short dude came with a gun.”
Suarez said he was taken by the man to a separate room. Shabazz stayed in the hall. Suarez said he heard a violent commotion in the hall and escaped from the room and the bar altogether as he saw half-naked girls running away, picking up their skirts from the dance floor.
Minutes later, Suarez came back in a cab to look for Shabazz and found him on the ground outside the bar severely injured.
“He was in shock. His face was messed up,” said Suarez.
Suarez and Shabazz traveled to Mexico to participate in a labor rights movement for local construction workers.
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