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Two Men Charged With Murder of Lionel “Chinx” Pickens

Suspects Apprehended For Alleged Murder of NYC Rapper

Far Rockaway rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens was on his way home from Brooklyn, when another car pulled up alongside his 2014 Porche Panamera and started to open fire, killing the 31-year-old rapper and injuring his passenger, Antar Alziadi, near Queens Boulevard in Briarwood, on May 17, 2015.

Now, more than two years later, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and New York Police officials say that they have caught the men who did it. According to the allegations, Jamar Hill, 26, and Quincy Homere, 32, of Long Island, have been indicted by a grand jury and are currently waiting to be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years to life in prison.

“This indictment shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway,” NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill stated in a press release. “But through the talent and tenacity of the Queens South detectives, working closely with the office of the Queens District Attorney, they have now been brought back to answer for this violent act.”

According to O’Neill, the investigation was conducted by NYPD Detective Thomas Scalise and the 107th precinct detective’s division who were able to determine that Hill and Homere followed Chinx home from his performance at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn.

“In another example of the mindless gun violence plaguing our country, a young, up-and-coming musician had his life and career dramatically cut short by a burst of senseless shooting that also wounded an acquaintance,” District Attorney Brown said in a press release. “Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”

Pickens first began his music career when he was in high school, rapping under the name, “Chinx Drugz,” when he met Rayquon “Stack Bundles” Elliott, and soon two became four, adding rappers Bynoe and Cau2G$, to form Rockaway Riot Squad.

Chinx was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2005 and was sentenced to four years in prison at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in upstate New York. While serving his sentence, news that Elliot was shot outside his Far Rockaway home made its way upstate. The loss of his then-24-year-old protégé had a deeply profound effect on Pickens and when he was released in 2009, he returned with a newfound determination to make an impact through his music.

It was around then that Chinx teamed up with The Coke Boys, a rap group created by French Montana. Between 2009 and 2015, he was featured on more than 14 different mixtapes and made numerous guest appearances with such famous artists as Jadakiss, Ace Hood, Rick Ross and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. 

Sadly, he was unable to witness the success his debut album, Welcome to JFK, which was released posthumously on Aug. 14, and went on to debut at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop and Top Independent album charts in 2015. It also peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

His second album, Legends Never Die, was also released posthumously in 2016, using recordings from his sessions with Four Kings Productions. The album, which features guest appearances by French Montana, MeetSimsChrisette Michele, Movado, Bynoe, Cau2G$, and the late Stack Bundles, also went on to peak at No. 8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, last year.

Earlier today, Lisa Ever’s of FOX 5 NY was one of the first to break, sharing video footage of one of the two men facing charges being brought into court. Both Homere and Hill are in police custody and awaiting arraignment as of press time.

Stay tuned to Salute Magazine for updates and more information as the story develops.

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