Nearly 20 years after Jam Master Jay's murder, violence still lives in Brooklyn

Hip-hop lovers are still talking about the break in the case of Jam Master Jay's death, as two men face charges.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2020, 8:34 PM

Updated 1,373 days ago

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Hip-hop lovers are still talking about the break in the case of Jam Master Jay's death, as two men face charges.
The rapper was shot to death in 2002 over a drug dispute, an event that shook the community deeply.
"(The arrests were a) victory not only for the hip-hop community, but I think more importantly for his family," said Ife Charles, Director of Anti-Violence Programs of Save Our Streets.
She remembers the day she heard about his killing.
"It was one of those things that left you feeling like, 'Oh my God, this was the end of hip-hop as we knew it,'" she said.
Gun violence is increasing around the city as the organization continues the work to prevent shootings.
"We can manage this by saying to folks, 'If you find yourself in a situation like that, there are teams that are willing to help you,'" Charles said. "There are teams willing to help you off that ledge."
Charles hopes the arrests send a message to those responsible for violence.
"Eighteen years. Someone thought they were free, but were they really living free? If you harm someone, there comes a point in your life where there are going to be consequences, right?" said Charles.


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