Rapper Chinx was gunned down in a drive-by in his Porsche on Queens Boulevard on May 17, 2015. Despite being a rising star in hip-hop, the 31-year-old rapper's mysterious case quickly went cold. But as The New York Times reported, two suspects were arrested yesterday and charged with murder.
“It’s been a long two and a half years, but this is the beginning of hopefully the last chapter of this situation,” said the rapper's widow, Janelli Pickens.
Chinx (real name Lionel Pinkens) was shot at least eight times at close range. He was driving his Porsche Panamera 4 with 27-year-old friend Antar Alziadi at around 4 AM.
Authorities arrested an aspiring rapper, 32-year-old Quincy Homere, and 26-year-old Jamar Hill from Long Island. Both were already incarcerated on unrelated charges: the former was in federal custody on robbery charges, while the latter was in state prison for robbery. The motive behind the slaying is unclear. Authorities say that the suspects knew the rapper and had a beef with him, but little else is known about their relationship or what motivated the alleged act. They assert the men followed Chinx from a nightclub performance earlier in the night in Brooklyn to the scene of the crime.
Chinx (or Chinx Drugz as he was formerly known) was a rising rapper in New York City. An associate of French Montana, the Queens native is known for tracks like "I'm A Coke Boy" and "Off The Rip."
Following Chinx's death, the hip-hop community spoke out. French Montana lamented, "Who would of thought...i'll ever get that call."
Jay-Z paid respects to him in concert, saying, "We are seriously under attack like never before. Rest in peace to Chinx. And we still killing each other. We need to understand that we are kings and queens."
Both Homere and Hill were charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and two counts of possession of a weapon.
Fox5NY's Lisa Evers caught both suspects on camera as they were being transported by authorities.
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