The hiphop community took a loss over the weekend. As an upcoming rappers life was cut short. Lionel Pickens, known by the stage name Chinx, was shot and killed in Queens, NY on Sunday, May 17th. According to the NYPD, Pickens had performed at around 2:30 a.m. at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn, and was headed back to Queen’s with friend, Coke Boy Yemen Cheese when the pair had tried to go to a nearby hookah bar, which was closed, cops said.
As Mr. Pickens pulled up to a red light in his silver, late-model Porsche on Queens Boulevard, a Mercedes Benz witnesses say, pulled alongside. Without any realization, shots began ringing through the half-open driver’s side window at close enough range that detectives later found a 9-millimetre shell casing inside the Porsche on the front seat.
Mr. Pickens, 31, was struck at least eight times, and possibly many more, before he managed to pull his car to the curb in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts as the other car sped away.
Chinx was transported to Jamaica Medical Centre where he was officially pronounced dead. Coke Boy Yemen has been reported to be seriously injured but is in a steady condition. Chinx was working on a debut solo album called “Welcome to JFK.”
After hearing about the sad news, celebrities such as French Montana Meek Mill, Fabolous, Khloe Kardashian, Jay Z and countless friends and family also expressed their condolences to Chinx on social media.
In a statement, the Legion Media Group said:
“It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel “Chinx” Pickens this morning. He was 31. Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys. Chinx’s dedication, humour and vision will always be remembered “Chinx was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,” said Publicist Chanel Rae, “Further more, he was a friend.”
DJ Babyface was with chinx that night and spoke with Eyewitness News. ”A lot of love from everybody,” he said, “the crowd just gave him the energy – he just kept on and on.”
Funeral arrangements are reportedly set for next week. Details remain unsolved about the shooting, as police have yet to make an arrest. An investigation is currently underway.
Coke Boy Yemen and some of Chinx’s friends pay respect in their IG video’s below.
R I p to my brother @chinxmusic I’m alive I’m coming home soon A video posted by YEMENCHEE$E (@cokeboy_yemen) on
I love u bro u my motivation Gz u proof that hard work and dedication pays off U made it from tha cage to tha stage from nuthin to sumthin like we planed it I never doubted you and always believed u would B the star u were born to b I remember every word of advice u ever gave me and even tho I was stubborn at times u always kept it 1million n pushed me in the right direction U my big bro my heart I love u forever Gz #RipChinxDrugz #LongLiveChinx #RiotSquadForever
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