NEW YORK — Police have a description of one of the assailants wanted in the killing of pioneering hip-hop DJ Jam Master Jay.
According to a spokesperson for the NYPD, authorities are looking for a 180-pound black male, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches in height. He is said to have worn a black sweat suit and black hat when leaving the scene.
Police said anyone with information should call the 103rd Precinct's Detective Bureau at (718) 657-8220 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Last week, police determined that two men entered Jam Master Jay's recording studio in Queens and one of them fatally shot the DJ/producer, born Jason Mizell, in the head (see "Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting"). Another man, Uriel Rincon, was shot in the leg and hospitalized. There is no word on a description of the second perpetrator.
Meanwhile, Jay's family, peers and fans continue to mourn.
"Honestly, I wouldn't even be here if it weren't for Jam Master Jay," Ice Cube said Saturday from Los Angeles. "He didn't do nothing hands-on for my career, but just being an inspiration, being a legend, showing you how to do hip-hop on a big level and being a pioneer of the game. ... With him, I was a
friend and fan. I'm just hurt that somebody knew who he was and they still killed Jam Master Jay. Knowing how much he meant to the world and they still did it. That just shows how far we've dropped and we don't give a sh-- about
nobody's life nowadays, not even our heroes" (see "Friends Remember Jam Master Jay").
"Another Brother Lost to Violence," reads one of the many handmade posters hung on a fence at a memorial only footsteps from the studio where Jay was murdered. A multitude of stunned people have come to out to honor Run-DMC's DJ since his death Wednesday, hanging posters, pictures and Run-DMC album covers, leaving candles and paraphernalia
associated with the legendary group, like black striped Adidas and black godfather hats. (Click for photos of fans' memorial to Jam Master Jay.)
"I'm 31. I remember the old school," said John Gray of Laurelton, New York, who was with his young son. "I saw what happened when Run-DMC came, and I saw how they changed things."
Gray hung his own contribution to the Jam Master Jay shrine. "[My poster says] 'I promise that my son will know exactly who you were and exactly what you did for hip-hop, Queens and the world.' That's what I'm gonna do. My son is right there; he knows what's going on. If you want to keep this hip-hop thing alive, you have to realize what happened on Wednesday." (To read fans' thoughts on the loss of Jam Master Jay
or to add your own, see You Tell Us.)
Jason Mizells' family will hold his wake on Monday in Queens at the Jay Foster-Phillips Funeral Home, 179-24 Linden Blvd. Public viewing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Allen A.M.E Cathedral, 110-31 Merrick Blvd.
The Mizell family has said donations can be made to the Mizell Children's Fund, c/o Terri Corley-Mizell, P.O. Box 3497, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.
Meanwhile, Russell Simmons and a coalition of artists and label executives have come together to provide aid to the Mizell family. More details on the collective and their efforts are expected in the coming days. The company Simmons founded, Def Jam, has put up a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of Jam Master Jay's killers.
For full coverage of the Jam Master Jay case, see the Jam Master Jay Reports.