15 years after the murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay, the NYPD has officially been ruled a cold case.
New York City police detectives say that all potential leads into the murder of Jay (real name: Jason Mizell) have failed to pan out, resulting in the investigation going cold.
The Run-DMC member was killed in his Queens, New York studio on October 30, 2002 at around 7:30 p.m. Two men were buzzed into the studio’s security gate, and once inside, one of the men hugged Jam Master Jay before gunfire erupted. One shot missed, while a second was fatal, striking him in the head at point-blank range.
Reports said that at least four other men were in the studio during the shooting, but not one offered details that would lead to an arrest.
“It’s not resolved to the legal eye, but the street always talks,” Mizell Family friend Jeremy “JL” Lam told the Associated Press.
Back in 2007, federal prosecutors identified Ronald “Tenad” Washington as an accomplice of a second unidentified gunman who shot Mizell. Washington, however, denied involvement, and was never formally charged.
JMJ was just 37 years old when he was killed. He is survived by his wife, three sons, mother, brother and sister.