Friend Says DJ Megatron Was Going To Buy Marijuana When He Was Fatally Shot

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A beloved Staten Island celebrity may have gone out to buy marijuana when he was killed at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

A friend of slain radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, whose real name is Corey McGriff, told investigators Monday the two were chatting on the phone as the deejay went out to buy marijuana when the line went dead, likely because he’d been shot.

Police said McGriff was shot once in the chest. They are investigating whether drugs played a role in his death, but said Monday they do not believe it was a robbery.

Staten Island residents who spoke with CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman said they were very hurt about the entire situation.

“He helped the community. He helped a lot of people as far as rappers, upcoming rappers, DJs,” Leslie Heath, of Stapleton, said.

Joshua Lopez spoke highly of the slain celeb as he showed Guzman an autographed photo.

“Every time he saw me..he always said ‘hi’ to me — with a hug and everything,” Lopez said.

His manager, Justin Kirkland, known as J. Smoove, said friends and family had no idea why anyone might have attacked the deejay known for his upbeat attitude.

Rising to the on-air ranks after starting as an intern, DJ Megatron began his career at New York’s WKRS-FM, better known as Kiss FM, where deejays remembered him on the air and online Sunday.

He also worked at what was then Boston’s Hot 97.7, or WBOT-FM, and at Philadelphia’s The Beat, or WPHI-FM, according to a bio on his MySpace site.

He was a father of three and also devoted time to charitable events on Staten Island, his manager said.

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  • Joshua lopez

    If u don’t have anything nices to say,don’t say nothing at all. He didn’t get kill for buying marijuana. He got killed by to young low life thugs,who went to rob him.

  • SWMMJpatient

    We really need to stop exposing our Citizens to such dangerous environments while pursuing such a relatively harmless relief. Nobody is getting murdered at the supermarket while buying a pack of smokes and a 12 pack.
    Right now the criminals are controlling a huge chunk of our very fragile economy by being in sole control of cannabis. In doing so, they also have control over portions of what are supposed to be free public areas.

    This is a terrible end to a very promising life. These incidents are NEVER neccessary.

  • CSI

    wonder how much this person got paid to tell the news that. Some friend he is.

  • David Goldstein

    So much for Black History Month.

  • John D

    Congratulations Jonathan, you found ONE one person who may or may not have been idirectly killed by marijuana! Good work. Now count up the people who died from tobacco and alcohol on that same day. I’ll give you a hint: it’s more than one, and a little less than 1,300…in one day…in the U.S. alone. What’s really tragic is that if this is related to his purchase of marijuana, his death would have been prevented by LEGALIZATION.

  • ExplorerFl

    Something wrong with this news report. Everybody knows that Bloomberg doesn’t allow guns in New York. Oh, yeah. I remember. All guns purchased on the street come with their own carry permit.

  • Jonathan Norman

    There you have it…Marijuana is responsible for deaths!

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