Friend Says Malcolm Shabazz Was Lured Into Bar Before He Was Killed

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Shabazz was invited to Mexico to speak about labor rights. Miguel Saurez, a labor activist, was traveling with Malcolm at the time. He says him and Malcolm were lured into a bar on Wednesday night by an English speaking woman. He says the owner wanted him and Shabazz to pay a $1,200 bar tab saying they should pay for the girls, drinks and music.

“We pretty much got hassled,” he said. “A short dude came with a gun.”

Saurez says he was taken into another room while Shabazz stayed in the hall. He says he heard violent commotion and made his way out of the bar after he saw naked women running away.

He says minutes later he came back in a cab to look for Shabazz and found him brutally beaten laying outside on the ground. “He was in shock. His face was messed up,” said Suarez. “He was alive. I grabbed him, and I called the cops.”

Saurez took Shabazz to the hospital were he died four hours later.

Two men have been arrested, but no further details were given.

Malcolm Shabazz is the grandson and first male descendant of Malclom X. In 1997, Shabazz was sentenced to four years in a juvenile center after he set a fire in the apartment of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, which killed her.

Read: Dick Gregory Says Gov’t Set Up Fire That Killed Betty Shabazz

In most recent years, Shabazz became a human rights activist and spoke in different parts of the world. He was following the footsteps of his grandfather.

Earlier this year, Shabazz was arrested by the FBI while on his way to Iran. On his blog, Shabazz wrote a detailed letter describing harassment he says he received from the FBI since 2012.

Shabazz was murdered in Mexico on May 9, 2013. He was 28 years old.

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