NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Queens rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens, 31, was gunned down on May 17, on the verge of his first mainstream success after years of struggle. Police and his friends and family are still looking for answers.
The up-and-coming artist was a married and devoted father of three. Many young men saw themselves in Chinx, who overcame hard times in the tough housing developments of Far Rockaway and the street life to focus on his music.
His didn't live to see the release of his first album, "JFK".
Chinx's widow, Janelli Caceres-Pickens, now has to raise their children without him. They were planning to buy a house with the money he expected to make from the album.
Even before its release, the album was already drawing the attention of music industry heavyweights like Chuck Creekmur of allhiphop.com.
So far, no one has been arrested for his murder. The NYPD said it is still investigating the case. Police are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-577-TIPS.