Two men have been charged with the 2015 murder of Chinx, a 31-year-old rapper whose real name was Lionel Pickens, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.
The two men, 26-year-old Jamar Hill of Valley Stream and 32-year-old Quincy Homere of Baldwin, are currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court. They have each been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and could face up to 25 years to life in prison.
According to the charges, Hill and Homere allegedly followed Pickens after a nightclub performance in Brooklyn into Briarwood. Near Main Street and Queens Boulevard, the men allegedly fired a weapon at Pickens’ Porsche, killing Pickens and wounding his passenger Antar Alziadi.
“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,” Brown said. “Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”
The investigation was carried out by the 107th Precinct Detective Squad as well as the Queens South Homicide Squad.
Pickens was from Queens originally, and was just beginning to gain attention for his work when he died.