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After 14 years, family remains hopeful in cold case murder of rap legend Jam Master Jay

December 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
After 14 years, family remains hopeful in cold case murder of rap legend Jam Master Jay

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The sluggish investigation into the killing of legendary Run DMC rap superstar Jam Master Jay doesn’t lack suspects.

In reality, it’s a murder investigation with too many suspects.

However, 14 years later, a new NYPD cold case squad that includes 20 officers and three sergeants are attempting to uncover new evidence in the murder of Jam Master Jay.

After a decade, witnesses still refuse to provide cops with any identifying details of the killer who fatally shot the legendary hip-hop star in the back of the head at a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens.

Five people were in the studio where Jam Master Jay, whose name was Jason Mizell, was murdered in October 2002.

As the years progressed, detectives have identified at least three potential suspects.

One man had threatened to see the ground-breaking DJ to settle a ten-year-old drug debt. Another man was reportedly inside of the studio waving a firearm around, possibly used as a tactic to distract attention away from the real murderer.


But, no one who witnessed Mizell’s murder will cooperate with investigators.

The slaying of Jam Master Jay is one of the city’s most notorious unsolved crimes, rivaling the ’90s deaths of hip-hop stars Biggie Smalls in L.A. and Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.

The chances of an apprehension in connection with Mizell’s murder diminish as each year passes. However, the hip-hop star’s loved ones remain hopeful.

“He showed nothing but love to us,” Mizell’s 81-year-old mother, Connie Perry told the New York Daily News. “Whoever killed him, God ain’t finished with ‘em. God might have taken them already.”

Bernita Jones, Mizell’s sister, told the News investigators stopped updating family members on the case.

“They’re not telling us nothing,” she stated. “It puzzles me that they have no idea what happened.”

Jones said she chatted with Mizell the day before he was killed, and had a feeling of approaching tragedy.

“I felt that something was off. It was just a vibe,” she added. “I told him to watch his back, and he just said, ‘Yeah, I got it.’

“I don’t know if he knew what was going on or not,” she continued. “He wasn’t telling us. He never got his family involved.”

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