Family members and community leaders gathered in Harlem on Thursday to pay respects at a memorial service for Malcolm Latif Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X.
Shabazz, 28, was beaten to death earlier this month in Mexico City.
As a youth, Shabazz had a troubled background, including setting a fire that resulted in the death of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz.
But mourners at the First Corinthian Baptist Church credited Malcolm Shabazz with turning his life around, by becoming a human rights activist and denouncing youth violence.
"It gave the community that loved Malcolm and his family an opportunity to express that love and that appreciation for them and the pain that we feel at all of the losses that have taken place in that family," said Dr. Adelaide Sanford of the State Board of Regents.
Two men have been arrested in connection with Malcolm Shabazz's death.