MEXICO CITY – A judge on Saturday issued an order for the imprisonment of two waiters accused in the beating death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of civil rights activist Malcolm X, the Mexico City attorney general's office said.
The resolution begins the judicial process against David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, who worked at the Palace bar near Mexico City's popular Plaza Garibaldi. The men are accused of theft and homicide, and are being held in a Mexico City prison.
Prosecutors say Shabazz and a friend were lured into the bar by a young woman who made conversation with Shabazz in English. They were later presented with a bar tab worth $1,200 and a violent dispute ensued.
Prosecutors say the men who beat Shabazz to death not only punched and kick him but also used a bat or stick during the attack. Shabazz died in Mexico City hospital.
On Friday, hundreds gathered to remember the late grandson of Malcolm X as mourners said Shabazz was well on his way to cementing his own legacy before his death at age 28.