Eighteen years after his killing, Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay is getting close to finding justice.
Recently, prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York unsealed a criminal indictment alleging that two men conspired to kill the MC in retaliation for a drug dispute. In July 2002, Jay acquired about 10 kilos of cocaine, which was intended to be distributed by Ronald Washington, Karl Jordan Jr. and others. The indictment further notes that Washington and Jordan then conspired to kill him. Having allegedly carried out that action, each are being charged with murder while engaging in narcotics trafficking and firearm-related murder.
“Although this latest news opens up a lot of painful memories for all of us who knew and loved Jam Master Jay, I’m relieved to hear that 2 suspects have been arrested and charged with his murder,” bandmate Darryl “DMC” McDaniels said in a statement. “It’s been a difficult 18 years not having him around while knowing that his murderers were not yet indicted for this heinous crime.” He further thanked the NYPD, New York City detectives, federal agents and other law enforcement involved in the case.
Run-DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 for their groundbreaking legacy. “They broke down barriers for future rap acts, crossed boundaries between rap and rock and dispelled old notions of what rap could be,” the Hall of Fame said. Check this space again for updates on this years-in-the-making matter.
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