Update (08/18/20): Hours after news broke that federal prosecutors indicted two men in connection to the 2002 killing of Jam Master Jay (born Jason William Mizell), the late hip-hop pioneer’s family and his fellow Run-DMC member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels both issued statements regarding the arrests.
“Although this latest news opens up a lot of painful memories for all of us who knew and loved Jam Master Jay, I’m relieved to hear that two suspects have been arrested and charged with his murder," McDaniels said in a statement obtained by CNN.
“It’s been a difficult 18 years not having him around while knowing that his murderers were not yet indicted for this heinous crime. I commend NYPD, NYC Detectives, Federal Agents and all the law enforcement who were involved in this case, for not giving up and working to bring justice for Jay. I realize this is a first step in the judicial process, but I hope Jay can finally Rest in Peace. My love to Jay’s wife Terri, his sons, his family, his friends, and all of his fans. #JMJForever.”
In a separate statement, his family thanked everyone who reached out to send support, writing, “Upon hearing this news, we have mixed emotions. We truly hope these indictments are a solid step towards justice being served in the murder of Jay.”
The Mizell family took a moment to send their condolences and support to families waiting to receive justice for loved ones in light of the recent high-profile deaths of otherBlack men, women, and children, such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
“In spite of all the tragedies we’ve seen this year alone, we take comfort in our family, our faith, and in time’s ability to heal all. We can only hope that his news brings awareness to the fact that Black lives do matter,” the statement concluded.
Previous story (08/17/20): It’s been 18 years since Jam Master Jay was killed inside a Queens recording studio, but now, there may finally be some answers over who was responsible.
According to the New York Times, federal prosecutors on Monday (August 17) will announce the indictment of two men who have long been suspected of participating in killing the legendary Hip Hop pioneer.
Ronald Washington, 56, and Karl Jordan, Jr, 36, have reportedly been indicted on charges of murder while engaging in drug trafficking. Washington is already serving a federal prison sentence for robbery while Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday.
During a Monday afternoon press conference, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Seth DuCharme said that while Jay's case remained cold for a long time, they never forgot the alleged crime against him.
"Primarily this is a case about a murder which for nearly two decades had gone unanswered. Today we begin to answer the question of who killed Jason Mizell and why," he said. "The passage of time offers you no escape."
DuCharme continued: "What we’ve alleged in that indictment is that on October 30, 2002, nearly 20 years ago, Mr. Jordan and Mr. Washington walked into a music studio in Queens where Mr. Mizell and others were working essentially, hanging out, and they walked in and murdered him in cold blood."