The unidentified gunman who murdered Jam Master Jay in his Queens recording studio had a tattoo on his neck according to a witness account that was recently made public. In an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News, Jay’s friend and business partner Ray Allen revealed the clue to the public for the first time. Allen’s sister, Lydia High, worked at the legendary DJ’s studio and was also present on the night he was murdered. According to High, two gunmen burst into the studio and placed a gun to her heard, ordering her onto the floor. The woman identified one of the men as Ronald “Tinard” Washington, who has been fingered by federal authorities as a suspect in the murder, but is yet to be charged. Washington is currently incarcerated on an unrelated burglary charge.
High said that one of the men then approached Jay, who was sitting on a couch playing video games with his friend Tony Rincon, and fired his weapon twice. One bullet struck Rincon in the leg, and the other fatally wounded Jam Master Jay. High says she saw the gunmen greet the DJ with a handshake and noticed his tattoo before he fired. She is unable to provide a detailed description of the tattoo. Allen, who was working in the studio’s control room at the time, heard the gunfire and came running, only to find his friend on the floor in a pool of blood. Allen believes Rincon can positively identify the killer, but refuses to cooperate with investigators. “This is not a Biggie Smalls or Tupac case. This is a case that can be solved,” Allen told the News. “The person they have locked up who was involved with it is a person from the neighborhood. It’s not like we’re talking about somebody who flew in from L.A. We’re talking about people right from the neighborhood.”