Two imprisoned in Mexico over killing Malcolm X's grandson

In this undated photo courtesy of the Shabazz family is seen Malcolm Shabazz in an unknown location. Shabazz, the 28-year-old grandson of political activist Malcolm X, died in Mexico, U.S. officials confirmed Friday, May 10, 2013. Labor activist Miguel Suarez said he was with Shabazz when his friend was beaten up during a dispute over a bill at the Mexico City bar. He said Friday the owner demanded they pay a $1,200 bill and a fight ensued. Suarez says he later found Shabazz injured outside the bar and took him to a hospital where he died on Thursday. Xiomara Michel,AP Photo/Courtesy of the Shabazz family

MEXICO CITY A judge on Saturday issued an order for the imprisonment of two waiters accused in the beating death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of civil rights activist Malcolm X, the Mexico City attorney general's office said.

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Malcolm Shabazz in an undated family photo.
AP Photo/Courtesy of the Shabazz family

The resolution begins the judicial process against David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, who worked at the Palace bar near Mexico City's popular Plaza Garibaldi. The men are accused of theft and homicide, and are being held in a Mexico City prison.

Prosecutors say Shabazz and a friend were lured into the bar by a young woman who made conversation with Shabazz in English. They were later presented with a bar tab worth $1,200 and a violent dispute ensued.

Prosecutors say the men who beat Shabazz to death not only punched and kick him but also used a bat or stick during the attack. Shabazz died in Mexico City hospital.

Hundreds gathered in Oakland Friday to remember the late grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X.

More than 200 people attended a traditional Islamic service for the 28-year-old Malcolm Shabazz, who authorities say was beaten to death last week over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City.

The service featured plenty of prayer, songs, spoken word and tears. Many among the procession of speakers said while they initially connected with Shabazz because of his famous grandfather, they learned to appreciate a man they called "Young Malcolm" as a leader in his own right.

Despite troubles early in life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother's apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X's widow, to stints in juvenile hall and prison, mourners said Shabazz was seeking redemption. They say he had plans to write a memoir and another book denouncing youth violence.

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