Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Jam Master Jay: Two charged over notorious unsolved killing of hip hop star in 2002 | Ents & Arts News

Two men have been charged over the killing of hip hop artist Jam Master Jay nearly 20 years ago.

The star, whose real name was Jason “Jay” Mizell, was shot inside his recording studio in Queens, New York City, in 2002.

He was the DJ for hip hop group Run-DMC, who were one of the best-known rap acts of the 1980s.

Mizell, along Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniel, had hits including It’s Tricky, Christmas in Hollis and the Aerosmith remake collaboration Walk This Way.

DJ Jam Master Jay performs in Las Vegas in 2001
Jam Master Jay performs in Las Vegas in 2001

Karl Jordan Jr will be arraigned later on Monday to face charges of murdering Mizell, said the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York.

A second suspect, Ronald Washington, will be arraigned later this week, it added.

The case is one of New York City’s most notorious unsolved killings.

Mizell was shot once in the head by a masked assailant at his studio in Hollis, the Queens neighbourhood where he grew up.

Officers said there were at least four people in the studio with him, including two armed gunmen.

The city and the star’s friends offered more than $60,000 (£45,000) as a reward, but witnesses refused to come forward.

Mizell left behind a wife and three children.

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