11 vanish from Mexico City bar, kidnap suspected

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eleven young people were kidnapped in broad daylight from a Mexico City bar, just 20 days after the grandson of civil rights leader Malcolm X was beaten to death at a nightclub in the capital, anguished relatives said Thursday.

The disappearances sparked a wave of outrage, with family members blocking a major avenue to demand that authorities investigate.

The city prosecutor's office said Thursday only five missing-person reports had been filed. But the mother of one of the missing youths says 11 people in all vanished from the after-hours club about 1 ½ blocks from the U.S. embassy, on the other side of Reforma Avenue.

The mother, Josefina Garcia, questioned how a mass kidnapping could occur a half-block from Reforma, the the city's main boulevard, and a few blocks from police headquarters.

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, died May 9 in a dispute over a bar bill.

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