Suspect Confesses To Shooting Freaky Tah, Police Say

Accused gunman is one of three suspects arrested in murder of Lost Boyz rapper.

NEW YORK -- Two more men have been arrested in connection with

the murder of Lost Boyz rapper Freaky Tah, and one has confessed to

being the gunman, a source close to the investigation said.

The motive was revenge, the source said.

Kelvin Jones, 29, of Albany, N.Y., was arrested Thursday (April 8). He

is accused of shooting and killing Freaky Tah, according to Detective

Robert Samuel of the New York City Police Department's office of public

information. The police source said Jones confessed.

Ryan Fritch, 24, of the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, where

Freaky Tah lived and was killed, was arrested Wednesday, Samuel said.

A third man, Rasheem Fletcher of Queens, was arrested Friday and charged

with second-degree murder in the March 28 killing. Police have not said

what role Fritch and Fletcher are believed to have played in the murder.

Fletcher, 22, pleaded not guilty over the weekend and was ordered held

without bail, according to Mary DeBourbon, spokesperson for the Queens

district attorney's office. He could face from 25 years to life in prison,

DeBourbon said.

Police have scheduled a press conference at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss

the case.

Freaky Tah (born Raymond Rogers) was shot in the head by a man wearing a

ski mask as he left a late-night party at a Sheraton Hotel in Jamaica,

Queens, early in the morning of March 28. Police believe the killing was

part of "an ongoing feud" between Freaky Tah and the suspects, the police

source said. He would not elaborate on the nature of the feud.

Meanwhile, police investigating the Feb. 15 murder of rapper Big L in

Harlem, said they have determined the two shootings were unrelated.

They had looked into the possibility of a connection between the two

murders, because Big L (born Lamont Coleman) and Freaky Tah were

acquainted and had worked together. Although no arrest has been made in

the Big L case, "We have an idea of who did this one,"

Lieutenant Ellen Caniglia said. She would not give further details.

Jesse Washington, former editor of the hip-hop magazine Blaze,

said the fact that police have made arrests in the Freaky Tah case will

do little to banish what he said was a perception in the hip-hop community

that police aren't especially concerned with such murders.

"It never has been and never will be a police priority to catch [the

perpetrators of] black-on-black crimes," Washington said, pointing to

the still-unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996

and the Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace) in Los Angeles in

1997.

"That's not true -- anyone that gets killed is a high priority,"

Caniglia said. "I don't know how anyone could say that."

Wendy Washington, a spokesperson for the Lost Boyz' record label,

Universal, said Thursday the group and the label had no comment on the

new arrests.

Members of Freaky Tah's family did not return calls for comment.

The Lost Boyz' 1996 debut album, Legal Drug Money, featured two

underground hits,

"Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz and Benz"

(RealAudio excerpt) and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless"

(RealAudio excerpt).

Their third album, LB for Life, completed before the killing, is

scheduled for release in June.