NEW YORK, NY – A young, aspiring R&B singer and rapper named Yarrah Concepcion found herself at the recording studio of Jam Master Jay, the late Run-DMC star. Within minutes of their meeting, Jam Master Jay was shot dead, leaving Concepcion in shock and tears as she recounted the events in court on Thursday.
This marks the trial of two men charged in the 2002 killing of Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason Mizell. The case had remained unsolved for nearly two decades before Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington were charged in 2020 with the murder.
During the trial, it was revealed that Washington allegedly brandished a gun and blocked the door, while Jordan fired on Mizell in what was described as a drug-dealing feud. Testimonies from Mizell’s cousin and aide provided insight into the events leading up to the shooting, including Washington’s ominous warning days before the incident.
Concepcion, who had secured an appointment at the studio, did not witness the shooting itself but described the shock and chaos that ensued in the studio. She recounted the frantic moments following the gunshots, expressing her fear and concern for her toddler son. The harrowing experience of attempting to escape and then discovering Jam Master Jay’s lifeless body provided a heartbreaking account of the tragic event.
Her testimony, along with others involved, shed light on the impact of that fateful night and the lasting trauma it caused. The trial continues to unfold with emotional and revealing testimonies, as the prosecution and defense present their respective cases.
As the trial progresses, the search for justice in the long-standing case of Jam Master Jay’s murder takes center stage, bringing attention to the complexities and lingering effects of such a high-profile crime.