Malcolm X's Grandson Killed Over $1.2K Bar Tab: Prosecutor

2 arrested in Malcolm Shabazz's murder

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2013 6:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – The troubled grandson of Malcolm X met his end at a bar in a rundown area of Mexico City, and police—who yesterday arrested two suspects—say the trouble started with a dispute over the tab. Malcolm Shabazz went to the Palace Club with a friend last week and they disputed their $1,200 tab around 3am. During the argument, Shabazz and his friend were separated, but only Shabazz was beaten, allegedly by four bar employees. His friend says he was robbed, but was able to flee and call for help. The two suspects arrested, David Hernández Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Pérez de Jesús, are waiters at the bar, the New York Times reports.

The other two suspects are still being sought. Shabazz, whose blood alcohol level was more than three times the typical American legal limit for driving, was beaten with a blunt instrument and left with fatal skull, jaw, and rib fractures. He and his friend had been invited to the bar by two women on the street, and Mexican newspapers claim the bar is a brothel and that bars in that neighborhood charge customers who simply talk to female employees. The prosecutor says the bill was excessive, and that the employees were attempting to rob Shabazz and his friend.

This undated file photo courtesy of the Shabazz family shows Malcolm Shabazz in an unknown location.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Shabazz family, Xiomara Michel, File)
Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 24, left, and David Hernandez Cruz, 24, stand for their mug shot after being arrested in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/PGJDF)
In July 29, 1999, file photo, Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of political activist Malcolm X, leaves Family Court in Yonkers, NY, after a detention hearing.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
In this June 3, 1997, photo, Malcolm Shabazz, 12, is led from family court in Yonkers, NY, in connection with the death of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, the widow of political activist Malcolm X.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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