Queens, NY – Janelli Caceres-Pickens, the widow of Chinx, was finally able to look at the men who allegedly killed her husband. Following the arrests of Jamar Hill and Quincy Homere, Caceres-Pickens spoke to reporters about this difficult moment in her life.
“It was hard,” she said when asked about seeing the alleged attackers. “It’s hard to sit there and see the person that’s responsible for this and not be able to say anything, not be able to give any emotion. There’s so many things you wanna say. You wanna act out, you wanna be angry, but you can’t. I just pray that this goes quickly, and they get what they deserve.”
#CHINX WIFE @the_realnelli_ speaks out after seeing her husband's accused killers in court. When Quincy Homere & Jamar Hill were arraigned in the courtroom, (they pleaded not guilty to murder & other charges), it was packed with Chinx's family members & friends. They never looked in the direction of @the_realnelli_ (Janelli), her & Chinx 3 children or their many supporters. She explains how that felt in this video. ***For just over 2 1/2 years, I have spoken with Janelli Caceres-Pickens, and interviewed her many times as I have reported on this case for @fox5ny & my @hot97 #streetsoldiers show. I have always been impressed by how Janelli has carried herself with respect & dignity, & worked to keep her husband's music legacy alive, while at the same time actively pursuing justice. This took tremendous courage, especially knowing the killer was out there & not knowing who it was. She told me from the first day she would not give up her fight for #justiceforchinx and would cooperate with police. Since his murder, she has been raising their 3 children, working, going to school & running her own business as well as handling Chinx's music business, while at the same time grieving this heartbreaking loss. This is how a real woman moves & deals, and does it in the media spotlight no less. Too often women are left after their man is gunned down or other deep personal tragedies to keep their families together on their own, and their efforts are not recognized. I could not let this important aspect of the story go unrecognized. ***I will have more revelations about this case in the days and weeks ahead. It is far from over. @hot97 #hot97 @miabellenyc #fox5ny @fox5ny
Hill and Homere face charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the 2015 shooting of Chinx.
(The original version of this article was published on December 14, 2017 and can found below.)
Two arrests have been made in the 2015 shooting death of New York City rapper Chinx, according to PIX 11 News. Long Island residents Jamar Hill, 26, and Quincy Homere, 32, both face charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Hot 97 personality Lisa Evers shared a video of a suspect being taken into custody on Thursday (December 14).
#breakingnews #EversExclusive video (credit required) Suspect arrested in 2015 murder of rapper @ChinxMusic S/o to the @NYPDDetectives #NYPD Queens South Homicide who never gave up! @fox5ny #fox5ny @HOT97 #hot97 pic.twitter.com/Yll8rrhcrZ
— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) December 14, 2017
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said he believes the two suspects followed Chinx and a friend from a Brooklyn nightclub into Queens on May 17, 2015. While Chinx and his passenger were stopped at a stoplight on Main Street and Queens Boulevard, Hill and Homere pulled up in their vehicle and allegedly opened fire into Chinx’s Porsche.
The 31-year-old Coke Boy affiliate suffered multiple gunshots wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His friend was injured but survived.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the killing was “another example of mindless gun violence plaguing our country” and described Chinx as “a young, up-and-coming musician” who “had his life and career dramatically cut short by a burst of senseless shooting … Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”
If convicted, Homere and Hill face up to life in prison.
Chinx was working on his debut album, Welcome To JFK, at the time of his death but it was released posthumously. A second posthumous project, Legends Never Die, was released in 2016.