Remy Ma’s Son, 23, Charged with Murder in New York City Shooting: Police

Jayson "Jace" Scott was arrested in connection with the June 2021 killing of Darius Guillebeaux

<p>Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage</p> Remy Ma, February 2024

Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage

Remy Ma, February 2024

Remy Ma’s 23-year-old son, Jayson "Jace" Scott, has been arrested and charged with murder in a 2021 killing, New York City police say.

Authorities told PEOPLE in a statement that Scott and another suspect were taken into custody on Tuesday, June 18, in connection with the shooting death of Darius Guillebeaux, 47, on June 7, 2021.

The charges were first reported by New York TV station WNYW and The New York Post,

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In their statement to PEOPLE, the New York Police Department said Scott is charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as reckless endangerment in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

The other suspect, 22-year-old Richard Swygert, was also charged with first-degree murder, reckless endangerment in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, police said.

The NYPD told PEOPLE that the 2021 shooting was in Queens. At the time, officers responded to a 911 call of a male shot at the intersection of 148 Street and Rockaway Boulevard on June 7, 2021. 

<p>Brian Stukes/Getty</p> Remy Ma, August 2023

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Remy Ma, August 2023

"Upon arrival, officers observed a 47-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest,” police said. “EMS responded to the location and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.”

The victim was later identified as Guillebeaux.

It's unclear if either Scott or Swygert have retained attorneys who can comment on their behalf. An arraignment is expected Wednesday, WNYW reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, a rep for Ma, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, provided the following statement to PEOPLE.

"As many have heard, Remy Ma’s son, Jayson Scott was recently arrested and very serious unfounded allegations have been made. Remy Ma wished to address this situation personally, but has been strongly advised by our office not to say anything publicly – as most people in this situation are, as the case is still active. To be clear, Jayson Scott is innocent and Remy Ma is committed to proving his innocence and fully supporting her child during this time."

"We stand by Jayson’s innocence and hope the NYPD will conduct a complete and thorough investigation to reveal the truth. This has undoubtedly been a trying time for Remy Ma and her family. While she sincerely appreciates the love and support she has received, we kindly ask that her privacy be respected as their legal team works to prove Jayson’s innocence."

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In a 2018 Instagram post, the Grammy nominated hip-hop artist expressed her pride in her children.

“My baby forever! My “Punkin” My 1st born. My son. I had him when I was so young & thought I knew it all🤦🏽‍♀️😏,” the “Lean Back” rapper wrote at the time, along with family photos. “We basically grew up together.”

Scott has also periodically appeared with his mom on reality TV.

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Ma, whose career launched as a member of the Terror Squad rap group in 1998 with artists like Fat Joe and Big Pun, has faced her own legal troubles in the past.

She spent six years in prison for a 2007 shooting in New York where she was found guilty on assault, weapons and attempted coercion charges.

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