The ramifications of murder are rarely analyzed past the instant reaction news of the crime hits family and friends. After the flowers have wilted and people have stopped grieving the hurt towards the immediate family begins to settle in. That’s the reality Janelli Pickens, Chinx’s widow is now facing following the violent death of her 31-year-old husband.
Pickens put on a brave face and spoke with Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York earlier this afternoon and admitted that she could have very well been in the Coke Boy’s rapper’s Porsche when he was gunned down on Sunday morning.
She says she was supposed to accompany her husband to the concert he performed at in New York City but backed out because she grew weary with fatigue.
“It is a hard time, we are going through a lot,” Janelli Pickens said. “It’s a very devastating situation, his kids are greatly affected by all this. They don’t quite understand, but it will hit them soon. For his son, who doesn’t understand why God’s angels have come and taken his father, he just wants to know when he’s going to bring him back, and it’s hard, it’s very hard. A lot of people don’t understand that this was his life, was his family.”
Holding back the tears, she continued, “A lot of people know him as ‘Chinx: The Artist’ and they don’t know him as Lionel Pickens, the father, the son, the husband, the brother–and it’s a lot.”
Police reportedly plan to review surveillance footage in hopes of rounding up a suspect and Coke Boy rapper Yemen Cheese (who was also in the vehicle) is listed in stable condition.
Chinx leaves behind two daughters, ages 14 and 11, and a 4-year old son.