Police: Chinx's Murder Linked To Prison Beef With Another Rapper

The 31-year-old rapper was gunned down in his car in 2015. Now, police believe they've solved the hip-hop cold case. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

More details are emerging from the murder of rapper Chinx. The hip-hop cold case may have been cracked last week when two men were arrested for murder. According to the New York Police Department, the 31-year-old Queens rapper was gunned down while in his car over what's being described as a six-year prison feud.

Lt. Richard Rudolph, Commanding Officer of the Queens South Homicide Squad, tells XXL that the suspects "hunted" down Chinx (real name Lionel Pickens Jr.). He says that 32-year-old Quincy Homere and 26-year-old Jamar Hill murdered the rising rap star over a feud that took place when Chinx was incarcerated. Chinx and Homere were both at Rikers Island and apparently fought each other on Sept. 27, 2009. 

“We're not exactly sure what the fight was about but our perpetrator Quincy probably got the worst of it and he wanted to get back at Chinx,” Rudolph says. Homere is an aspiring rapper who performs under the name Qwality. “When he saw Chinx's career starting to blow, he took it real personal and figured that his [own] career was going south... It just festered inside of him.”

The two men had a verbal altercation on April 24, 2015 during a Philadelphia concert featuring Chinx's associate French Montana. Rudolph says that the suspect felt alienated by the hip-hop world that Chinx was seeing success in.  “[Quincy] was blacklisted from the other rap stars,” Rudolph says. “Quincy's steaming since that concert... I think that's when he started to feel a fire inside of him to take his revenge out on Chinx.”

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The suspects saw Chinx performing at a concert (see flyer below) in New York City the next month. Authorities say that's when Homere and Hill, who is described as participating but not shooting, took their beef to a violent level. Following the May 16, 2015 concert, Chinx was in his Porche in his native Queens. It was at a red light that Homere allegedly fired a 9-mm handgun several times, wounding Chinx mortally.

The murder was considered a mysterious unsolved case, until last week's arrests. Explains Rudolph, “Jemar Hill, he took part in the whole execution of Chinx... but there is only one shooter, and that is Quincy Homere. They were just waiting for an opportunity. So they both acted in concert to kill this kid.”

The two men have been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Both were already incarcerated for unrelated reasons.

The two suspects face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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