Two men guilty of harming famous musician Jam Master Jay
FILE -Run-D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell, Jam-Master Jay, poses with teenagers gathered at New York's Madison Square Garden, Oct. 7, 1986, in New York. Two men were convicted of murder Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 in the death of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay, a brazen 2002 shooting in the rap legend's studio. An anonymous Brooklyn federal jury delivered the verdict in the trial of Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington.(AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett, File)

Two men guilty of harming famous musician Jam Master Jay

February 27th, 2024

Two men did a very bad thing to a famous music man in the year 2002. The music man's name was Jam Master Jay. He made music with a group called Run-DMC. They were very famous. The two men who did the bad thing were found guilty. They will have to go to jail. The music man was very nice. He made music that said "no" to bad things like drugs. But sometimes he needed more money, so he made a mistake. People are sad because the music man was nice to many people. The two men who did the bad thing were not happy when they heard they were guilty. They said they did not do it. But the people who decide said they did. Now, the family of the music man can feel a little better. But they will always miss him.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What did Run-DMC do?
. What happened to the music man in 2002?
. Did the two men say they were guilty?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

The article is from a country with a legal system where people can be found guilty of crimes and sent to jail. The music man was part of a popular music culture.

🧠 Further reading

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