NEW YORK -- Police said they have charged a man with second-degree murder in the March 28 shooting of Lost Boyz rapper Freaky Tah.
Rasheem Fletcher, 22, of Queens is accused of being the man in a ski mask who shot 28-year-old Freaky Tah (born Raymond Rogers) in the head as the rapper left a party at a Sheraton
Hotel in Jamaica, Queens, according to Officer Chris Cottingham, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department's office of public information.
Fletcher was arrested Friday, said Mary deBourbon, spokesperson for the Queens district attorney's office.
He pleaded not guilty over the weekend and was ordered held without bail, deBourbon said.
Police gave no additional information about the suspect, and an officer in the
NYPD's 113th precinct, which is investigating the case, said police have not
determined a motive for the killing.
The officer, who asked not to be identified, said police are searching for
additional suspects, though he would not say how those suspects are believed
to have been involved. He said police did not know whether Fletcher and
Freaky Tah knew each other.
The officer declined to say what evidence led police to Fletcher, nor would he
say whether police were still investigating the possibility of a connection
between Freaky Tah's death and that of rapper Big L (born Lamont Coleman),
who was killed Feb. 15 near his Harlem home.
Shortly after Freaky Tah was killed, NYPD Detective John O'Connor said that
since the two men were acquainted, worked together and were killed within
weeks of each other, police were looking into the possibility of a link. Big L co-produced
the track "Straight From Da Ghetto" on the Lost Boyz's first album,
Legal Drug Money (1996).
O'Connor said Wednesday he had been out of the office for several days and
hadn't been updated on details of the investigation.
Wendy Washington, a spokesperson for the Lost Boyz's record label, Universal,
said the group and the label had no comment on Fletcher's arrest.
Another Universal spokesperson, Althea Spellman, said last week the Lost
Boyz will release their third album, LB for Life, in June as previously
planned, despite Freaky Tah's death.
The group finished recording the album before Freaky Tah was killed, Spellman
The other members of the Lost Boyz -- Mr. Cheeks, Pretty Lou and DJ Spigg
Nice -- were at the party Freaky Tah attended just before he was shot, O'Connor
said in March.
Freaky Tah's mother, who identified herself only as Mrs. Rogers, said in March
her son was "a good Christian and a good son" who had never been in serious
Freaky Tah left behind two children, Kahlil, 8, and Shantanice, 4, according to
his mother. His fiancée, Shannon Roquemore, is pregnant, Freaky Tah's mother
The Lost Boyz first made a name for themselves with two underground hits,
"Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz and Benz" (RealAudio excerpt)
and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless" (RealAudio excerpt),
both from Legal Drug Money.
That album and the 1997 follow-up, Love, Peace and Nappiness,
featured such prominent guests as Canibus and Redman.