Eight-years ago today, the Hip-Hop community lost one of its important members, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.Jay was a founding member of pioneering Hip-Hop group, Run-DMC. The world-famous DJ was shot and killed at point-blank range in his recording studio 24/7 in Hollis, Queens, on October 30th, 2002. The death of Jam Master Jay set of a frenzy of speculation as to who would murder such an iconic figure, in cold blood. The rumor mill pointed fingers at everyone and every possible scenario: * Jay was killed by a childhood associated named Curtis Scoon, over a deal involving Rolex watches. * Jay was allegedly dealing drugs. * Jay was killed for associating with 50 Cent, who was enemies with Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, who supposedly had a contract out on Jam Master Jay’s life. The theory everyone focused on centered around a group of Jam Master Jay’s close friends, the people in the recording studio the night Jam Master Jay was gunned down. While no one has been charged, there were at least five witnesses present in the recording studio, in addition to other possible witnesses around the area the DJ was murdered. Fans and family members are hoping the NYPD or the FBI can get it right for once and find a cold blooded killer, who robbed the world of a father, brother, uncle and DJ who was adored by millions of fans around the world. Surviving group members Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. They continue to give back to their communities through their works with at risk children through various charitable organizations.But the legacy of Run-DMC’s will be tarnished if the murder of the third member of their ground breaking group remains unsolved. Despite the embarrassing fact that one of New York’s most adored artists could be murdered and no one ever charged, the family is attempting to move on. According to Eric “Shake” James, a close friend and business associate of Jam Master Jay, the family is still coping with Jay’s death, but they are doing well, all things considered. “As far as the family everybody is doing well,” Shake told AllHipHop.com. “I know Jason is looking down from heaven and he’s so proud of all of us! The boys are off in school and doing great! I know he’s happy for the success of his friends. Sha Money XL up at Def Jam, 50 Cent and G-Unit, AllHipHop.com, Steve Lobel with Nipsey Hu$sle and Iyaz, Jessie Itzler, Orv Hall at Hollis Burger and especially Erik Blam and DMC for keeping it moving and keeping his name alive!..’What’s my name?”Jam Master Jay’ ‘I can’t hear you!’ ‘Jam Master Jay’ ‘A lil bit louder!’ ‘Jam Master Jay!’Jam Master Jay’s son is now involved in the Hip-Hop community, under the name “JMJ-Son,” a clever play off of his birthname, Jason Mizell Jr. “It’s really strange to lose a parent, in that form or in any manner,” J-Son told NBC New York. “It was certain lessons I never got taught losing my father at a young age. It’s certain things you tend to tell your son as he gets older. I had to go and search for things in the world on my own.”Below is a message Jam Master Jay left on AllHipHop.com founder Grouchy Greg’s answering machine, just a month before the legendary DJ was shot and killed. You can hear Jam Master Jay’s passion for Hip-Hop and Turntablism in the message below, which announced the launch of the Scratch Hip-Hop Academy, shortly before Jay’s death. Additionally, here are some previous interviews with Jam Master Jay’s mother Connie Mizell-Perry, Carl “Big D.” Jordan and the most important one with Randy Allen, who was in the recording studio with Jam Master Jay the night he was shot and killed.