Justice has finally been served in the murder of Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay, nearly 18 years later.
The late Run-DMC DJ was shot by a masked man in his recording studio in Queens, New York in 2002, and on Monday (August 17) prosecutors shared that he was killed by acquaintances in a “drug-related homicide.”
Known for tracks like “It’s Tricky” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” Run-DMC, the influential act formed between Jam Master Jay, Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel disbanded after his tragic death.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Jam Master Jay was murdered by Karl Jordan, 36, and Ronald Washington, 56, after emotions ran high after they had been cut out of a drug deal.
Jordan was arrested on Sunday (August 15) and his accomplice, who is currently serving a prison sentence for robbery, will formally face charges next week. Both have been charged with felony offenses that include murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking.
Jam Master Jay was murdered on October 30, 2002, as he played video games in his studio in Hollis, Queens where he grew up and mentored other aspiring rappers.
“We started investigating that case a very long time ago, in the early 2000s, but there were a lot of challenges,” said prosecutor Seth DuCharme. He also adds, “they walked in and murdered him in cold blood.”
“Today’s indictment shows that no amount of time passed can erase the commitment of our NYPD detectives, federal law enforcement partners and prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, to the pursuit of justice.”
We hope this provides closure for Jam Master Jay’s loved ones, specifically his wife and three children.
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