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Two arrested in connection with death of Malcolm X's grandson

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May 14, 2013 | 9:12am EDT

Two men have been arrested in Mexico in connection with the killing of Malcolm X's grandson. Reports emerged last week (begs06May) Malcolm Shabazz had been beaten to death in Mexico City in the early hours of Thursday morning (09May13), and now police have made a breakthrough in the case after taking David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus into custody on suspicion of aggravated robbery and homicide. Both men worked as waiters at The Palace Club, where the 29 year old sustained fatal injuries to his skull, jaw and ribs following an alleged dispute over an excessive bill. He died from blunt-force trauma at the Balbuena General Hospital. Two other bar employees are also being sought for questioning. The investigation is ongoing. The tragic civil rights icon's grandson has been in and out of the headlines since he was a young child - he was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson when he was 12 for starting the fire that killed Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, in 1997. He served four years at a juvenile detention centre for the crime. As of Monday (13May13), Shabazz's body remained at a city morgue as officials work out plans to have it returned to the United States. A statement from his family reads, "To all who knew him, he offered kindness, encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow. Although his bright light and boundless potential are gone from this life, we are grateful that he now rests in peace in the arms of his grandparents and the safety of God."

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