Cole, left wearing medallion, is suspected of putting a hit on Joe A. Young Jr. for snatching the medallion, which was owned by rapper Sean Paul, right
“It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt” ~ Rapper T.I.
This is the case of murder, intrigue, Hip Hop, and a missing blinged out chain rumored to be worth $100,000.
Here’s what we know so far: Joe A. Young Jr. was shot to death in an Anchorage, Alaska parking lot over a chunky gold encrusted medallion, otherwise known as Hip Hop ice. The chain allegedly belonged to Atlanta rapper Sean Paul, of the duo YoungBloodz.
The three shooting suspects in custody in Anchorage claim all they wanted to do was get the chain back to its rightful owner, Sean Paul. Police believe that a man known on the streets as “Cole” or “Cold” put out a $10,000 hit on the victim after the chain was snatched from around Cole’s neck at a local nightclub.
A friend of the dead man told police that Young stashed the chain in a safe deposit box before he was killed.
“I’d like to put my hands on it,” Anchorage homicide Detective Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said.
Cole, real name Naron Celestine, 38, has a long history of drug-related arrests and convictions. But Rex Butler, an attorney for one of the men Cole allegedly hired to kill Young, disputes the feds’ allegations of a hit.
“I know the government is sticking to its talk about a contract,” Butler said. “But the people that we’ve run into in our investigation are saying this guy (Cole) couldn’t put two nickels together, much less $10,000.”
So far, the chain is still missing. So we will probably never know if Young was killed for a $100,000 chain or what we suspect is worthless Hip Hop ice.
Thanks to loyal reader Brandy for the tip!