The family of Malcolm Shabazz, 28, who was killed in Mexico on Thursday, May 9, has released an official statement regarding his tragic death:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved El Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz. 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. We will miss him.
With grateful hearts, we send sincerest appreciation to our supporters around the world for your tremendous outpouring of love and respect during our time of grief.
The Shabazz Family
The statement was released through Shabazz family friend, Terrie M. Williams, who was the first to break the devastating news to the world via social media:
I'm confirming, per US Embassy, on bhalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come—
Terrie M. Williams (@TerrieWilliams) May 09, 2013
As previously reported by NewsOne, family members of Malcolm Shabazz were making plans Friday to travel to Mexico, a day after he was killed in Mexico City under sketchy circumstances, Shabazz family spiritual adviser, Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, told The Journal News.
“I was told by the family that they’re in the process of trying to get down to Mexico, so they can identify his remains and claim them,” said Imam Abdur-Rashid.
Imam Abdur-Rashid offered further insight into Shabazz, who has been off the radar of some people who are only aware of the more salacious details of his life:
“He’s really just a youngster, a very young man who was just struggling to get his life moving on a forward-looking track,” Abdur-Rashid said. “He was always concerned about forging his own path. I’m just sad that things turned out the way they did.”
“We’re just encouraging people to offer prayers for the family because that’s the most important thing in this initial moment,” he continued.
Read NewsOne’s continued coverage of Malcolm’s tragic passing as details become available.
Our hearts continue to be heavy and our deepest, sincere condolences to the entire Shabazz family.
WATCH NEWSONE’S BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO WITH MALCOLM SHABAZZ BELOW: