Daily News, March 28, 2011, "TV/Radio Personality Slain"



BY ERIK BADIA, MEREDITH KOLODNER, MICHAEL J. FEENEY and JOHN LAUINGER

A Staten Island deejay and rising hip-hop star was shot to death while walking to a local bodega to buy a cigar early yesterday, police and a close friend said.

DJ Megatron was down the block from his Staten Island home when his killer approached about 2 a.m. and fired a single shot into his torso,cops said.

The32-year-old regular on BET’s “106 & Park,” whose real name was Corey McGriff, died on the street — his eyes facing the sky and a baseball cap at his side.

“It is just earth-shattering,” his mom, Louvenia McGriff, 60, told the Daily News by phone from her Georgia home.




“Words can’t describe the way my husband and I feel right now. I just don’t know how we’re going to make it without him. He was our golden child.”

Detectives combed the crime scene for several hours but no witnesses came forward, and there were no arrests. Nor did cops have a motive.

Corey McGriff’s family and friends said he had no known enemies, but The News found that a furious former friend repeatedly slammed the popular, young BET star in an online forum.

About three months ago, a flurry of nasty messages about McGriff owing someone money was posted on nearly all of the deejay’s videos on YouTube.

In one comment, the venom seemed eerily prophetic: “I told u all u had to do was pay the f-----g bill. I tried to help u out but u wanna play me, right? Bite the hands that feed u, rightMega? Bads--- will continue happening to u, Dude!”

The comments were posted with different handles, including “MegaPayup,” but appear to be written by the same person.

Another reads: “Like really Mega you can sleep with a clear concious[sic]?? . . . like how are u an example to ur kids?”

An NYPD official could not say whether the online rants were being probed. As of early last night, police did not know whether the killer specifically targeted McGriff or whether he was simply the victim of a botched stickup, officials said.

One police source said robbery doesn’t appear to be the motive. McGriff, a father of three children who got his start as a deejay on Hot 97, was slain on Osgood Ave. in Stapleton, around the corner from his brother’s apartment, where he was living temporarily, his family said.

“He was going to get a Dutch,” close friend Mex Guevara said, referring to a cheap cigar known as a DutchMaster.

Guevara, 33, added that he believes McGriff, a Staten Island celebrity who always wore a hooded sweatshirt,was killed by a robber.

“He definitely didn’t have no beef with anybody,” he said. “Some young kids probably saw him and didn’t know who he was.”

With Rocco Parascandola and Jennifer H. Cunningham