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.”
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.Doctors couldn’t save Pickens, but Alziadi survived the attack.
Pickens was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys crew and had recently collaborated with rappers Too Short and Meek Mill.