In very sad news, rapper Chinx was gunned down this morning (May 17th) in Queens, NY according to authorities. Chinx and a passenger were gunned down in the rappers Porsche Panamera early this morning.
A drive-by shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and critically injured another early Sunday, police said.
Police responded to a 911 call in Briarwood around 4 a.m., where they found the two victims in a Porsche on Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. Pickens was transported to Jamaica Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests have been made, but a Instagram page popped up with the user boasting about killing the rapper. It has since been deleted.
Unbelievable! A memorial for Chinx has been erected near the crime scene, the other victim is still alive.
We here at the SFPL have met Chinx numerous times he was an extremely nice and humble guy. He was well on his way to the top and was most recently featured on French Montana’s new mixtape Casino Life 2.
He leaves behind 2 beautiful children, a son and daughter.
The hip-hop community and celebrities have instantly paid their respects to Chinx on social media:
This is exactly why I don't play in the streets ….. Chinx to French like Omelly to me! I tell @Omelly and my real day 1s get out that hood no matter what it cost or the circumstance! It's nothing that add up to losing ya life at a young age!!! Niggas killing niggas that's Tryna win! I got love for the people in the hood but I don't fuck wit the hood nomore! I dont agree with the rules, most of that shit stupid to me now because I learned and it has nothing to do with having money! Seeing shit like happen always make my heart cold and make me act in cold ways towards my own kind of people! I hate to see potential DIE!! REST WELL #CHINX WE GONE FUCKING MISS YOU!!!
Woke up confused, nervous to news & text you never want to hear about a friend. My heart hurts. I'm in tears #teamtahiry my condolences go out to his entire family, friends & team #cokeboys. He was just getting started. GONE TO SOON … We will miss you #Chixdrugz … Until we meet again. #RIP damn @chinxmusic just the other day we were talking about changing our lifestyle eating better, cleansing, working out. We had plans to hit the holistic center together in harlem bro. Today is a sad day. May you rest in paradise bro. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 My your legacy live through your music #family
As you can see he was widely loved and respected amongst his hip-hop peers and family. The story is still developing.
Gone too soon, R.I.P Chinx, #ForeverFLY!