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Slain Hip-Hop Icon Jam Master Jay's Family Reponds to Latest News Reports About JMJ Murder Investigation and Tragic Shooting at Virginia Tech University

"Relieved" That Some Information About Murder Is Coming Out, "Although It's Not The Full Story." Family is "Outraged and Disgusted With The Senseless Gun Violence"; Calls For More Intense Public Campaign To End Illegal Gun Trafficking and Possession

New York, NY, April 26, 2007 --( The family of the late Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell commented on the latest news reports describing Ronald "Tinard" Washington's involvement as an accessory to the October 30, 2002 murder of Mizell in his Jamaica, Queens recording studio. They also expressed heartfelt sympathy for the 32 shooting victims who died at the hands of a fellow student on Monday, April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech University.

According to news reports of Jason's murder, Washington, who was convicted on April 5th in a string of armed robberies committed during late 2002 in Long Island, New York, has made statements to federal prosecutors admitting his role as an armed accomplice in the brutal crime.

The family issued the following statement through Fern Yates, family spokesperson:

"For nearly five years, we have been patient, prayerful and diligent in our support of investigators' efforts to uncover the facts of Jason's murder. We're relieved there's some information coming out, although we understand that it's not the full story."

Fern Yates continued, "It's been a very frustrating time for us as we wait for the truth to surface. We appreciate the efforts being made to get to the bottom of the story, and ask for the continued love and support of all those who demand, as as we have, that whomever was involved be brought to justice."

"As many may know," Yates said, "Jason's murder was committed with an illegal handgun. The easy availability of unlicensed weapons are a plague in our society, responsible for over 7,000 tragic deaths in the U.S. per year. We are calling for an intensified global effort to stop the trafficking and possession of illegal handguns."

"Jam Master Jay valued life and supported educational opportunities for youth in his community and beyond," Yates said. "The tragedy at Virginia Tech University, with so many young lives lost to senseless violence would have been sad and sickening to him. We want to remind people that through the non-profit Jam Master Jay Foundation for Youth, his legacy continues as an ongoing commitment to support youth and young adults."

"The Foundation for Youth, a 501(c)(3) organization, is asking the public to honor Jam Master Jay's legacy by supporting our efforts to stop gun violence. Please e-mail us at to request a download of our organization's brochure (.PDF file), to learn more about the Foundation and get information on how to support our work."

For any questions or comments, please contact Fern Yates, Next Level Communications, at (718) 475-6366, e-mail:, or at the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Youth, Inc. at (718) 475-6096.

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