Rapper Chinx Mourned by His Wife Janelli Pickens, Khloe Kardashian After Shooting Death

They miss him. Khloe Kardashian was just one of many friends and family members to mourn the death of rapper Chinx, a member of French Montana‘s Coke Boys who was killed early Sunday, May 17, in a drive-by shooting in Queens, N.Y.

“We’ve only known each other a short time but it was the best time,” Kardashian, 30, wrote on Instagram after hearing the news, alongside a pile of Polaroids and fun snapshots with her late friend. “Full of memories that I will cherish forever! I miss you Chinxy ???? #TheWolfPack #RIPChinx.”

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The images featured the late rapper — whose real name is Lionel Pickens — soaking in the sunshine and enjoying water sports with Khloe and her ex-boyfriend French Montana. Another snap showed Chinx lounging in a living room with friends.

Khloe Kardashian and CHinx
French Montana, Cassie, Khloe Kardashian, Chinx and Maleka February 12, 2015. Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage

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Khloe wasn’t the only Kardashian family member devastated by the passing of Chinx on Sunday. Her elusive brother Rob Kardashian posted an Instagram photo, sharing with fans: “Gone way too soon,,,,, rest in peach CHINX,,, another brother gone ,,, this is terrible.”

According to ABC News, the shooting took place at around 4 a.m. on Queens Boulevard. The rapper was killed at age 31 after suffering multiple gunshot wounds inside a Porsche. He was driving a friend to a subway station when the deadly shoot-out took place. 

On Monday, his wife Janelli Pickens spoke out to the local ABC affiliate about her husband’s death. The two were married for eight years, and actually grew up together in Far Rockaway. They shared two daughters, 14 and 11, and a 4-year-old son. 

“It is a hard time, we are going through a lot,” Janelli told the station. “It’s a very devastating situation, his kids are greatly affected by all this. They don’t quite understand, but it will hit them soon. For his son, who doesn’t understand why God’s angels have come and taken his father, he just wants to know when he’s going to bring him back, and it’s hard, it’s very hard. A lot of people don’t understand that this was his life, was his family.”

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According to ABC, a memorial has been set up at the scene of the crime, where family and friends have gathered to mourn the late rapper.

Khloe was originally expected to appear at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17, but her sisters Kylie and Kendall went instead, and dealt with a lot of boos while introducing their “friend” and brother-in-law Kanye West. The star actively updated her Twitter on Sunday, beginning with photos from a Yeezus concert. She then followed up with an emoji of a broken heart before sharing her Instagram update about Chinx. 

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Later that evening, Kris Jenner’s daughter live-tweeted the Keeping Up With the Kardashians About Bruce two-part special. “Such an emotional KUWTK special tonight. This was filmed incredibly raw and rough. Please take in this is hard for us all to live on TV,” she tweeted to her millions of followers. “We are all transitioning. I’m proud to be finally doing it together ???????????? #Family #KUWTK.”

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