Malcolm X’s Daughter Death Doesn’t Look Suspicious, NYPD Says.
Malikah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Monday.
Agents from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) were dispatched to the 56-year-old Shabazz home in Brooklyn after her daughter found her unconscious around 4:40 p.m., an official said. NYPD. OkeyNews. The city’s medical examiner responded to the scene and did not believe the death was suspicious, while the police also found no reason to suspect a crime.
The cause of Shabazz’s death remained unclear at the time of publication. His death came just days after two men were exonerated from the murder of Malcolm X, Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam. Both men were convicted of murdering the civil rights leader alongside Mujahid Abdul Halim in 1966.
Halim confessed to shooting Malcom X during a speech on February 21, 1965, but maintained that Aziz and Islam were not involved. Aziz was paroled in 1985. Islam died in 2009, having been released in 1987. Halim was paroled in 2010.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said a new investigation into the murder of Malcolm X revealed that Aziz and Islam were not involved in the murder.
“There is a final conclusion: Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam were wrongly convicted of this crime,” Vance told the court last week, while apologizing for “gross and unacceptable violations of the law and public trust” by of the forces of order.
Malcolm X was assassinated after splitting with the black nationalist Muslim group Nation of Islam. After beginning to moderate his views on separatism and embrace the potential for racial unity, he provoked the ire of some members of the Nation. The three men convicted of her murder were members of the group.
Lawyers for Aziz and Islam’s family told the Associated Press that the investigation showed that the police and the FBI had withheld evidence about their lack of involvement in the murder of Malcolm X as part of a plot to disrupt the civil rights movement in blacks.
Shabazz, who was born about seven months after the murder of Malcolm X, had several run-ins with the law in the decade preceding his death. She begged guilty of stealing the identity of an elderly woman in 2011 and was stopped along with her daughter on charges of theft and animal abuse in 2017.
Shabazz was one of the six daughters that Malcolm X had with his wife Betty Shabazz. His surviving sisters are Malaak Shabazz, Qubilah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, and Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz.
Betty Shabazz, who worked as an educator in the years after her husband’s murder, died in 1997 after being severely burned in a fire.