Shabazz, 28, had traveled to Mexico to meet with a leader of a California activist and rights group known as Rumec, according to a report in Talking Points Memo, which quoted the organization’s Juan Ruiz. The leader, Miguel Suarez, had been deported last month to Mexico by U.S. officials.
“I do know that Malcolm was involved in human rights and that he had a relationship with a gentleman named Suarez in Mexico,” said Imam Dawud Walid, an acquaintance of Shabazz and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan.
Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, a leading American figure in Islam and the imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, N.Y., said the Shabazz family was “still trying to find out exactly what happened” and trying to cope with the loss.
He described the Shabazz family as “very private” and said he was respecting their request to be discreet about the death.
“I am a spiritual adviser to the family itself,” he said. “They’re like any family would be under the circumstances. They’re in shock. They’re grieving.”
He added that details surrounding Malcom Shabazz’s death remained sketchy.
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