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Mexico Arrests 2 Men in Murder of Malcolm Shabazz

Police in Mexico have detained two men suspected of involvement in the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of U.S. political activist Malcolm X.

The suspects work at the bar where Shabazz, 29, was beaten on May 9, 2013.

He was found with fatal wounds in Plaza Garibaldi, a popular tourist area packed with bars and restaurants, and taken to a Mexico City hospital, where he died of his injuries a day later.

Police said they were still searching for three more suspects.

The two detainees have been charged with murder and robbery. All five suspects work at The Palace Bar, where Shabazz was beaten.

Miguel Suarez, a union activist who was traveling with Shabazz, said they had been in Mexico as part of their efforts to advocate more rights for Mexican construction workers in the United States.

Suarez said he and  Shabazz had been invited to a bar on Wednesday night by a woman.

The bar owner later demanded they pay $1,200 for drinks and female companionship, according to Suarez.

He said he had escaped as a fight broke out, before returning to find his friend seriously injured on the ground outside the bar.

Suarez said he had taken him to a hospital where he died of “blunt-force injuries”.

Shabazz was the son of one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, Qubilah Shabazz.

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