Updated 03/28/2011 10:42 AM
Shooting Claims Life Of Radio DJ On Staten Island
Police are investigating a shooting on Staten Island that left a popular DJ dead. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.
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A single white candle burns in the street next to a glove paramedics used to try to save DJ Megatron's life.
"I heard one shot," said one local resident.
"I looked out my window and he’s on the floor," said another.
The New York City Police Department says that around 2 a.m Sunday DJ Megatron, who real name was Corey McGriff, was on his way to the store just blocks from his Staten Island home when a gunman pumped a single shot in the chest. He died on the street.
Neighbors who spoke with NY1 had only positive things to say about the 32-year-old hip hop and TV personality.
"He was a good guy so it’s shocking to hear this would happen to him,” said one friend and neighbor.
"Megatron is a very good friend of mine, real humble person, real funny,” said another.
People who knew DJ Megatron described him as a hard worker – climbing the ranks at hip-hop and R&B stations like Hot 97 in New York, DJing in Boston and Philadelphia before going to work for BET's “106 & Park'' music countdown show. McGriff also appeared in various movies. But, no matter how successful he became, people say he never forgot his roots and always tried to give back.
McGriff hosted several fund-raisers throughout the years at a Staten Island barber shop.
"He helped people who were less connected, so to speak,” said music producer Jamell Scott. “And gave them opportunities to be heard by the bigger guys, the industry.”
"We would say, are you available? Can you come? And he’d say, no problem, man, it’s all good, you tell me where I gotta be and what I gotta do and I’ll be there,” recalled ADG Barber Shop manager Tariq Zaid.
It’s a sentiment that was echoed on the streets.
"I never heard anything bad about that man in my life,” said a friend. “If you rapped, he’ll host your CD for you. If you have a club, he’d hype your club up.”
But, on YouTube, a person alleging the deejay owed him money posted messages on many of the stars videos. Still, McGriff had a good reputation in the business.
Hot 97 issued a statement saying, "he will always be remembered as a great person he was genuine, sincere, and always positive.”
As of Monday morning, police had no suspects in the shooting.
McGriff leaves behind three children.