Big L’s Accused Killer Shot To Death In Harlem
As has been the case with an alarming number of murders in Hip-Hop, very few of the crimes have ever been officially resolved. Cases regarding the deaths of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jam Master Jay, Scott La Rock and others remain uncleared. In many instances, though the police may not have the evidence or the ability to charge suspects in these murders, they and people in the community have strong theories about who committed the crimes. Such was the case for Big L (born Lamont Coleman), who was killed in 1999, and, as reported by DNA Info, the primary suspect in his murder was killed earlier this week in Harlem.
According to DNA, Gerard Woodley was arrested in 1999 for shooting Big L, but the case was later dropped, due to insufficient evidence. Woodley and Coleman were childhood friends, with Woodley even appearing with Big L in the photo on the back cover of L’s album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous.
DNA reports “Investigators believe that in 1999, Big L was part of a crew that robbed drug dealers, sources said. Police believe that the rapper would double-cross people he knew by letting the robbery crew know the location of cash-carrying drug dealers prime for a stickup.” The theory is at some point L’s activities and those of Woodley were at odds and Woodley killed Coleman on February 15, 1999, shooting him 9 time in the face and chest on Harelem’s West 139th Street, near Lenox Avenue.
On the night of June 23, Woodley was shot and killed in nearly the exact same location, in front of his home at 106 W. 139th Street, near Lenox Avenue. Woodley, 46, left behind a 28-year old daughter.