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Police Look at Many Angles in Rap DJ's Killing

November 02, 2002|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — Police investigating the killing of Run-DMC member Jam Master Jay said they have several competing theories about the motive.

Meanwhile, a wake was planned for Monday and a funeral Tuesday for 37-year-old Jason Mizell, who as Jam Master Jay worked the turntables as Joe "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels rapped a string of hits over the years.

Police on Friday discounted an earlier hypothesis that a wider music industry feud prompted a masked gunman to fire one .40-caliber bullet into the head of Mizell on Wednesday night in the lounge of his recording studio.

"Everyone's fishing for information," said Chris Lighty, manager for rapper 50 Cent.

His client, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, canceled a Wednesday performance after receiving what police described as a credible threat.

By Friday, police downplayed the danger to Jackson, saying they no longer believe he is a target of Jam Master Jay's killers.

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