Two men indicted in connection to the murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay
This story has been updated with statements from The Mizell family and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.
Two men have been indicted for their roles in the murder of Jason William Mizell, better known as Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, according to The New York Times.
Mizell was fatally shot inside a recording studio in Queens by a masked assailant on Oct. 30, 2002. Though police have long suspected two men, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, were involved in the slaying, no arrests or major developments in the case had been made until today, 18 years after the tragedy. The crime was initially connected to a rumored industry blacklist against 50 Cent due to the rapper's song "Ghetto Qu'ran," a theory that has since been disproven.
Netflix's 2018 true-crime documentary Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay, dives into the events surrounding Mizell's death as well as how his loved ones have been coping with the unsolved crime.
Run-DMC was founded by Jay, Joseph "Run" Simmons, and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels in the early 1980s. Their 1985 record King of Rock became the first hip-hop album to go platinum and helped further solidify the genre's standing in mainstream music.
Mizell's family released a statement on Tuesday explaining their hopes that the arrests of Washington and Jordan finally lead to justice.
“First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who has reached out in support of our family today," the statement released to EW reads. "We appreciate your kind thoughts and words. Upon hearing this news, we have mixed emotions; we truly hope that these indictments are a solid step towards justice being served in the murder of Jay. We realize that there are other families out there who have lingering pain who continue to wait for their own closure, and we pray that this case gives them hope. 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 this news brings awareness to the fact that Black lives do matter. We ask that everyone please respect our family's privacy as this case moves forward through the judicial system. Thank you.”
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels also shared his feelings about the arrests and his gratitude to those who kept on top of the case all these years.
“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 2 suspects have been arrested and charged with his murder," he said. "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”