Chauncey Bailey Project

Waajid Aljawwaad Bey

Waajid Aljawwaad Bey was the trusted adviser of Yusuf Ali Bey, the founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery. In fact, the 51-year-old accountant and bakery business manager was so close to Bey that the ailing patriarch named him his successor as he lay dying of cancer in September 2003.


 Born Carl Hambrick, he grew up in Texas and moved to California when he was 21. For many years he worked as a head waiter at a San Francisco hotel , while he earned a degree in accounting at Golden Gate University. After graduating, he worked briefly as an accountant. A widower, he adopted the Bey name after he joined the bakery family nearly 30 years ago, eventually becoming Yusuf Bey’s confidante in business matters.

On Feb. 29, 2004, just five months after he took the reins as bakery CEO, Waajid Bey disappeared. His body was found in a shallow grave along a fire trail in the Oakland hills that July.

Antar Bey, 22, one of Yusuf Bey’s 42 children, quickly took control of the business empire, eventually producing a document he claimed showed that the organization’s board of directors had met and approved him as CEO.

Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker has said police believe that a power struggle ensued between the old guard and the younger Beys and their associates. Police think that bakery members were involved in the killing of Waajid Bey, as well as the attempted slaying of former bakery associate and security manager John Muhammad Bey on June 17, 2005, and the Aug. 2, 2007, slaying of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey. Bailey was shot to death as he walked to work in downtown Oakland. John Bey was shot in the driveway of his Montclair home, but escaped by running through the hilly neighborhood, shouting to wake neighbors and jumping into a back yard.

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