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Family, fans hold vigil for rapper Chinx one year after murder

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QUEENS — Family, friends and fans held a vigil Tuesday night for rapper Chinx, a rising hip hop star who was shot and killed a year ago.

Lionel Pickens Jr., better known as rapper Chinx, was shot on May 17. The rapper's family is still stunned no one has been arrested for the crime and his murder remains an unsolved mystery.

"That was my baby, my baby is gone forever," Veronica Clinton, Chinx's mom, said.

Clinton still can't rest knowing the person who killed her son is still on the run.

"I don't sleep normal at night, I keep thinking he's coming in the door and nothing — he never comes home," Clinton said.

The rapper was found shot behind the wheel of his car between 84th Drive and Queens Boulevard. He was driving home from a club when the shooting happened.

A year later, his fans and family held a vigil and refuse to let the legacy of the performer to be forgotten.

"This is the first night — this is going to be going on for sometime, maybe weeks or months,"fan Brittnie Collins told PIX11 News.

Candles, flowers, posters, along with beverages tip to honor the rapper. His death also came just months before his long awaited new album was set to be released.

"He was a person who connected and related to so many people. He crossed racial borders and ages. Rapper Chinx was a visionary," Collins said.

The rapper's family is now trying to increase $2,500 reward for information into his murder, hoping that will force someone to speak up.