Two arrested in murder of rapper Chinx in 2015

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Two Long Island men have been charged in the 2015 fatal shooting of rapper Chinx and wounding of his friend in Briarwood, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Brown was joined by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill Thursday to announce that a Queens County grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging 26-year-old Jamar Hill and 32-year-old Quincy Homere with the May 2015 shooting of rapper Lionel Pickens, 31, aka Chinx and the wounding of Antar Alziadi, 27, as they sat in Pickens’ car.

Brown said the two defendants are currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court on a five-count indictment charging them with one count each of second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to the charges, on May 17, 2015 Hill and Homere followed Pickens from a nightclub performance in Brooklyn into Queens before shooting at Pickens’ Porsche near Main Street and Queens Boulevard. Pickens and his passenger, Alziadi, were both struck multiple times, and taken to a local hospital where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi was treated for his injuries, the DA said.

Brown said that such violence has no place in a civilized society.

“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.” he said.

O’Neill thanked detectives for their hard work in indicting Hill and Homere.

“This indictment shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway,” he said. “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.”

The two men face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Updated 11:54 am, December 15, 2017
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