The family of Jam Master Jay has released a statement following the indictment of two men for the 2002 murder of the Hip Hop pioneer.

In the statement, posted on the official Instagram account of Run-DMC, the Mizell family wrote:

First and foremost we want to thank every who has reached out in support of our family today. We appreciate your kind thoughts and words.

Upon hearing this news we have mixed emotion; we truly hope that these indictments are a solid step towards justice being served in the murder of Jay. 

We realize that there are other families out there who have lingering pain who continue to wait for their own closure, and we pray that this case gives them hope.

In spite of all the tragedies we’ve seen this year alone, we take comfort in our family, our faith, and in time’s ability to heal all. We can only hope that this news brings awareness to the fact that Black lives do matter. 

We ask that every please respect our family’s privacy as this case moves forward through the judicial system. Thank you.

See the original post below:

Jam Master Jay is gone, but his legacy will never be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who loved him.