After 15 Years, Still No Answer to Who Killed Jam Master Jay

Police admit investigation into death of Run-DMC star has gone cold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 28, 2017 1:54 PM CDT
A hallway wall mural of rap group Run-D.M.C., prominently featuring Jason Mizell, right, known as Jam-Master Jay, near the doorway entrance, left, to the room where he was shot. Fifteen years after he...   (AP Photo/Tom Hays)
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(Newser) – A mural of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay looms over the hallway of the Queens recording studio where he was shot to death 15 years ago. The memorial gives no hint of a disturbing footnote to the DJ's tale of fame and misfortune: The killer, so far, has gotten away with it. New York City police detectives acknowledge that their investigation into the October 30, 2002, killing of the artist, whose given name was Jason Mizell, has gone cold, the AP reports. But some hold out hope that witnesses could still come forward. "It's not resolved to the legal eye, but the street always talks," said Jeremy Lam, a friend of Jam Master Jay's family and a partner in the latest version of the Queens studio.

Family members, however, are less optimistic. "We know it's any anniversary but we don't like to talk about it much anymore," Jam Master Jay's older sister, Bonita Jones, said. A cousin, Ryan Thompson, believes the potential witnesses may never come forward because they "could go to jail as accomplices." Thompson said Mizell should be remembered more "for the music he created and his kindness." That includes Run-DMC hits as "King of Rock," ''It's Tricky," and a remake of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and opening a 24/7 studio in a then-violent section of Queens for artists who needed a start. It was in that studio on the night before Halloween 2002 that the 37-year-old Jam Master Jay was killed.

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