A memorial service was held in Oakland, California, Friday (May 17) in remembrance of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, who was reportedly beaten to death in Mexico over a $1,200 tab.
Hundreds gathered at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California for a service that lasted over two hours. Community members who knew the 28-year-old spoke of the impact he had on his peers.
“If I could put into one word how I feel about Malcolm, it would be, ‘inspiration,’” Hussein Mekki, 32, of Houston, Texas, told fellow mourners, according to the Washington Post. “Hopefully that will continue, and he can inspire us for the rest of our lives.”
A private burial service will be held Tuesday at the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem. Shabazz will be laid to rest in Hartsdale, New York, where his grandparents are buried.
Reports say there will be a memorial service held for Shabazz in New York City this week.
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(Photo: Courtesy of the Shabazz family, Xiomara Michel/AP Photo)