Police may be coming closer to solving last week's slaying of Jam Master Jay. According to a report in Monday's New York Times, police are hoping to question a man on Monday in connection with the murder.
The Times report says that the only details police would give about the man were that he is from "the South" and that he had been feuding with Jay, born Jason Mizell. The man is expected to be accompanied by his lawyer and turn himself over to the authorities.
Attorney Marvyn Kornberg, who recently represented Justin Volpe in the Abner Louima assault case, said Monday that a man believing he was the subject of the Times report acquired his services.
Kornberg said his client will not be talking to police unless he is arrested and charged.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department could not verify the Times story, and an officer at the 103rd Precinct's Detective Bureau said he was not at liberty to discuss that aspect of the case.
Jam Master Jay, 37, was killed last Wednesday when two assailants entered his Queens recording studio and hit him with one fatal gunshot (see "Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting"). Another man, 25-year-old Uriel Rincon, was shot in the leg.
While police have no suspects, they did release a description of one of the perpetrators over the weekend. He is said to be a black male, 6' to 6'2" tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black sweat suit and black hat (see "Police Have Description Of Jam Master Jay's Killer").
Police said anyone with information should call the 103rd Precinct's Detective Bureau at (718) 657-8220 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Police say Island/Def Jam has posted a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Jay's killers.
A wake for the pioneering DJ will be held Monday (November 4) in Queens at the Jay Foster-Phillips Funeral Home, located at 179-24 Linden Boulevard (Click for photos of fans' memorial to Jam Master Jay). 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 Boulevard, also in Queens (see "Friends Remember Jam Master Jay").
The Mizell family has said donations can be made to the Mizell Children's Fund, c/o Terry Corley-Mizell, P.O. Box 3497, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.
According to a spokesperson for Russell Simmons, the mogul has joined forces with his brother Reverend Run, DMC, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Police Department, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, Kid Rock, the Murder Inc. camp, Chairman and CEO of Island/ Def Jam Records Lyor Cohen and President of Def Jam Records Kevin Liles to help aid the Mizell family.
"This broad-based coalition was formed to provide immediate financial help to Jay's family," Simmons said in a statement on Monday. "The coalition is seeking to raise the necessary money to pay off the mortgage for the family's home for Jay's wife, Terry Corley-Mizell. Many of us lost a dear friend and an inspiration when Jay was killed. The work of the coalition is to see to it that his family gets the assistance it needs as they try to overcome this tragedy."
"There is an enormous outpouring of grief and determination from the diverse voices that make up this coalition following the senseless death of one of music's true pioneers and, more importantly, a truly good person," Lyor Cohen said. "We can't bring Jay back, but we will work to ease his family's pain and to assist law enforcement in whatever way we can."
"This is a tragic time for me personally and the rap and hip-hop community as a whole," Terry Corley-Mizell said. "So many people from around the country have pledged their support and want to help us out in any way possible. "We are united in a common goal to bring the killers to justice."
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