Authorities Officially Rule Jam Master Jay’s Death A Cold Case On 15th Anniversary

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Today (Oct. 30), marks the 15th anniversary of Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell of Run-DMC’s death. In 2002, Mizell was fatally shot in a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens at the age of 37. To this day, his case is unsolved, and unfortunately it may remain that way. Due to lack of new leads and evidence, New York City detectives have ruled Jam Master Jay’s murder a cold case.

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Authorities claim at least four men were in the studio the night of Mizell’s death. According to old reports, two men were reportedly buzzed up to the the studio around 7:30 p.m. One of the men allegedly hugged Jam Master Jay before shots were fired. One shot, fired at point-blank range, reportedly hit Jay in the head, instantly killing him.

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In 2007, authorities identified Ronald “Tenad” Washington as one of the gunmen who shot Mizell. Washington denied involvement in the shooting however, and was never formally charged with his murder. Since then, the case has gone cold with no new leads. Although the police have conceded, Jam Master Jay’s close friends and family say that someone knows what really happened to him. “It’s not resolved to the legal eye, but the street always talks,” Mizell’s friend Jeremy “JL” Lam told the Associated Press.

Jam Master Jay will always be remembered as a vital member of the pioneering group, Run-DMC. He is survived by his wife, three sons, mother and siblings.