Hip hop star Lionel “Chinx” Pickens was murdered on May 17, 2015. He was shot 11 times at point-blank range while in his Porsche, according to the NYPD.
This time of year is tough on Janelli Caceres-Pickens, his widow and the mother of their three children.
“It’s hard,” Caceres-Pickens said. “No matter how much time passes, you constantly have to relive those images.”
The NYPD said that the alleged murderers stalked Chinx and picked the perfect location—boxed in by construction barriers and no video cameras.
“This was targeted and he was hunted,” said Lt. Richard Rudolph, the commanding officer of Queens South Homicide.
After a two-year investigation and with grand jury indictments in their hands, homicide detectives arrested Quincy Homere and Jamar Hill last December. Lt. Rudolph believes they have the right guys.
“Extremely convinced—my detectives worked extremely hard, day and night,” Lt. Rudolph said. “And they compiled a mountain of evidence built against these defendants.”
Before the arrests, Janelli said she ignored speculation and gossip, never gave up hope, and cooperated with detectives, who kept her informed every step of the way.
The court appearances for the two suspects, both charged with second-degree murder, are underway. Every time, Janelli comes within feet of the men who allegedly took away the love of her life.
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JANELLI CACERES-PICKENS, Owner, Nelli’s Kitchen, and Chinx’s Widow
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