The grandson of civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed on Thursday.
Malcolm Shabazz, 28, was reportedly killed while he was being robbed in Mexico. Shabazz made headlines in 1997 when he intentionally started a fire that killed his 63-year-old grandmother, Betty Shabazz.
Esperanca Tilghman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, declined to disclose details about Malcolm Shabazz’s death and would confirm only that a U.S. citizen died in Mexico City. “We have been in contact with family members and at their request we have no further comment at this time,” she said.
Terrie M. Williams runs the Terrie Williams Agency in New York City. She has worked closely with the Shabazz family and confirmed Malcolm’s death.
“I’m confirming, per the U.S. Embassy, on behalf of the family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X,” she tweeted out. “Statement from family to come.”
Williams said she had worked with Shabazz for a number of years, Lohud reported.
“I mentored him and he did a lot of work with us in terms of speaking to young people,” Williams said. “He was a very, very powerful brother.”
According to his blog, Shabazz was traveling and speaking about the “struggles that confront this generation.” The site also indicates that Shabazz was being investigated by the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit.
FBI officials declined to comment on Shabazz’s death or alleged investigations into his actions.