Two inmates from Long Island were arrested Thursday in the drive-by slaying of Queens rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, authorities said.
Quincy Homere, 32, and Jamar Hill, 26, were already behind bars on unrelated charges when they were busted in the May 2015 murder of the up-and-coming hip hop star.
“GOD is good and he hears your prayers,” Pickens’ widow Janelli Caceres wrote on Facebook following news of the arrests.
“I’m very relieved that we’re at this point,” she added in a brief interview with the Daily News. “We’ve been waiting for this day for 2 1/2 years.”
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Pickens was sitting inside his silver Porsche at a red light on Queens Blvd. in Briarwood when a car pulled up and at least one occupant opened fire.
Pickens was riddled with 15 bullets and his passenger was wounded in the 4 a.m. shooting, police said.
Prosecutors say Hill and Homere tailed Pickens from a performance at a Brooklyn lounge, identified as the now-shuttered Red Wolf nightclub, before pumping him full of bullets.
Pickens and his critically injured passenger, 27-year-old Antar Alziadi, were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.
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Doctors couldn’t save Pickens, but Alziadi survived the attack.
The shooter sped off, and the NYPD offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Born and raised in Far Rockaway, Pickens was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys crew and had recently collaborated with rappers Too Short and Meek Mill.
“I wish a slow torturous death on whoever did this to my baby,” Pickens’ wife wrote on Facebook after his killing.
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“These devils ruined my family they took a father away from his kids.”
Homere and Hill were expected to be arraigned later Thursday on a five-count indictment charging them with murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
If convicted, they each face up to 25 years to life in prison.
“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.
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“Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill praised the detectives who cracked the case.
“This indictment shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway,” O’Neill said.
“But through the talent and tenacity of the Queens South detectives, working closely with the office of the Queens District Attorney, they have now been brought back to answer for this violent act.”
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At the time of Pickens’ murder, Hill was apparently out on bail in connection with a July 2014 armed robbery in Queens.
Hill was among three men who held up the victim with a shotgun and robbed him of his cash and cell phone on Brookville Blvd. in Jamaica, authorities said.
Hill, of Valley Stream, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced on May 11, 2017, to five years in prison. He was serving his time at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in Jefferson County.
Homere, of Baldwin, was locked up on federal charges at Brooklyn MDC.
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He was charged with robbing a Long Island bank on Nov. 9, 2015 in a heist that netted him and his three accomplices more than $375,000.
The bandits burst inside the Wells Fargo bank in Hempstead wearing masks, gloves and sunglasses. One of them was toting an AK-47, authorities said.
Roughly 15 minutes after they drove off, Hempstead cops spotted the getaway car, a BMW, driving against traffic on a Southern State Parkway exit ramp.
The car pulled off the road and three men jumped out. Inside the vehicle, the investigators found a bag of cash and loaded Ak-47, authorities said.
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A DNA test of a black mask and gloves turned up a hit for Homere, who was arrested in Florida and shipped to Brooklyn last year.
The arrest marked Homere’s second federal rap. He served six months in prison after pleading guilty to passport fraud in 2006.
Three years earlier, Homere was arrested at gunpoint in Long Island in 2003 after a Nassau County cop spotted him bashing a motorist with a hammer in a road-rage attack.
The victim, a city firefighter named William Carberry, suffered severe contusions and lacerations to his chest, back and face, according to the Nassau Herald.
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Homere was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
“It all happened very rapidly,” said the arresting officer, Nassau County Lt. Andrew Fal. “[Homere] could have killed him.”
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