Raekwon & RZA Cleared Of All Suspicion Surrounding 1999 Murders
In 2015, things appeared very good for the individual members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck all were involved in feature releases, while the Clan also auctioned off a master copy to Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which was previously recorded in Morocco.
As the year neared its close, however, an attorney named Michael Gold urged investigators to take a closer look at two 1999 murders. Jerome “Boo Boo” Estella and Corey “Shank Bank” Brooker were killed in Staten Island, New York in isolated instances in that year. Gold represents Anthony and Harvey Christian, brothers who ran a 20-year drug ring, and were convicted of orchestrating the killing of Estella.
However as the Christians awaited sentencing last year, Gold reportedly motioned for an investigation of Wu-Tang Clan co-founders RZA and Raekwon for their responsibility in both murders—believed to be acts of retaliation for robbery. Both the Christians and members of Wu-Tang Clan (including Raekwon) are from Staten Island’s Park Hill Houses.
Despite the defense’s motion, Brooklyn, New York Federal Judge Eric Vitaliano rejected those appeals. Neither RZA (born Robert Diggs) nor Raekwon (born Corey Woods) were ever charged in the crimes. On Friday (July 22), Anthony “Nitty” Christian was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of Estella, as well as Brooker, among other convictions.
According to New York Daily News, “This is far from over,” Christian shouted to family members in the courtroom last week. “I love you.”