Arrests in Mexico slaying of Malcolm X grandson

Two men were arrested in Mexico City on charges of robbing and killing the troubled grandson of iconic American civil rights leader Malcolm X, Mexican media reported late Sunday.

Pending further legal action, city prosecutors sent the men, ages 24 and 26, to the city jail for their alleged role in the crime, the daily Reforma said on its website.

Malcolm Shabazz, 29, died in hospital after suffering multiple wounds following a fight in a Mexico City bar on Thursday, prosecutors said.

The fatally wounded Shabazz was discovered early Thursday at Plaza Garibaldi, a popular tourist spot packed with bars and restaurants.

According to the testimony of a companion, Shabazz had been relaxing at a bar drinking beer when he was attacked.

The suspected killers, whose names were not released, are employees of The Palace Club, the bar that Shabazz last visited, according to Reforma. They face homicide and robbery charges.

Police are also looking for three other suspects in the case, Reforma said.

Shabazz was described as a paranoid schizophrenic during his 1997 trial for starting the fire which ultimately claimed the life of his grandmother Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, who was assassinated in 1965.

Officials in Mexico said Shabazz had traveled to the country to meet a local labor activist.

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