After 15 years, probe into slaying of Run-DMC star goes cold
NEW YORK (AP) A mural of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, his arms crossed in defiance, looms over the hallway of the Queens recording studio where he was shot to death 15 years ago. The memorial gives no hint of a disturbing footnote to the DJ's tale of fame and misfortune: The killer, so far, has gotten away with it.
New York City police detectives acknowledge that their investigation into the October 30, 2002, killing of the artist, whose given name was Jason Mizell, has gone cold. But some in the borough where Jam Master Jay, Joe "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels emerged as rap sensations in the 1980s hold out hope that witnesses could still come forward.
"It's not resolved to the legal eye, but the street always talks," said Jeremy "JL" Lam, a friend of Jam Master Jay's family and a partner in the latest version of the Queens studio.
Family members, however, are less optimistic.
"We know it's any anniversary but we don't like to talk about it much anymore," Jam Master Jay's older sister, Bonita Jones, said from their mother's home in North Carolina.
A cousin, Ryan Thompson, believes the potential witnesses may never come forward because they "could go to jail as accomplices."
Thompson, also a DJ using the moniker "Base," credits himself with introducing Run-DMC to one of its signature fashion statements: Adidas sneakers without laces. But Mizell should be remembered more "for the music he created and his kindness."