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At NY memorial, family, friends say Malcolm X grandson Malcolm Shabazz 'redeemed himself'


The Sheps Hetep drummers, left, play as the family of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, including his aunts Malaak Shabazz, seated fifth from right, and Ilyasah Shabazz, fourth from right, arrive for his memorial service at the First Corinthian Baptist Church on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Harlem section of New York. Scores gathered to remember Shabazz, 28, the late grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, who authorities say was beaten to death in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (The Associated Press)

Malcolm X's grandson has been remembered at a New York memorial service as a young man who "redeemed himself" after a troubled past.

The memorial for Malcolm Shabazz was held Thursday at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, with several hundred people attending.

Authorities say the 28-year-old grandson of the 1960s political activist was beaten to death earlier this month in Mexico City in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill. Two waiters have been arrested in Shabazz's death.

As a youth, he was found guilty of setting a fire at his grandmother's apartment, in which she died. Betty Shabazz was the widow of Malcolm X.

Shabazz served stints in juvenile hall and prison before traveling the world in recent years, speaking out against youth violence.

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