OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — 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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