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,
Police have scheduled a press conference at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss
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
"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
Members of Freaky Tah's family did not return calls for comment.
The Lost Boyz' 1996 debut album, Legal Drug Money, featured two
(RealAudio excerpt) and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless"
Their third album, LB for Life, completed before the killing, is
scheduled for release in June.