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Popular Spanish radio DJ killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run, police say

NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the death of a popular Spanish radio DJ who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn.

Police say Jean Guerrero, known as DJ Jinx Paul on Mega 97.9 FM, was crossing the intersection of Sheffield and Jamaica avenues just after 4 a.m. Monday when he was struck by a vehicle. 

The 39-year-old Guerrero was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle, described as a black sedan, fled the scene. 

Mega 97.9 FM released a statement Monday night on Instagram calling Guerrero a “true warrior of the radio.” They said the station will remember him as an “inescapable and hardworking companion.”

Es con mucho dolor que la familia de SBS New York anuncia el repentino y trágico fallecimiento de uno de nuestros mejores locutores, El Peso Completo, Jinx Paul. Con su natural y contagiosa simpatía, Jinx Paul se ganó el afecto de todos los que laboramos con él en Mega 97.9 y 93.1 Amor desde el primer día que puso un pie en nuestro hogar de la calle 56 en Manhattan. Lo recordaremos siempre como un compañero incasable y trabajador, además de como el amigo en quien siempre se puede confiar. De corazón les enviamos nuestro más sincero pésame a su familia y amigos, tanto aquí en los Estados Unidos como en su natal Ecuador. Como su propio apellido lo declara, Jinx Paul fue un verdadero guerrero de la radio, comenzando como dj con tan solo 9 años de edad. Fue una gran fortuna conocerte, querido amigo, y hoy te deseamos suerte en tu viaje, esperando encontrarnos contigo otra vez en el sendero celestial. Que descanse en paz Jean Paul Guerrero, nuestro querido Jinx Paul.

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Translated, the post refers to Guerrero as an “inescapable and hardworking companion, as well as a friend in whom he can always be trusted,” CBS New York reported

Known as DJ Jinx Paul, he started DJ’ing at the age of 9 and has worked in over 100 clubs and lounges throughout New York City according to the station’s website.

The NYPD has released surveillance video of a vehicle they say is wanted in connection to the fatal hit-and-run.

Residents told CBS New York the nearby intersection of Jamaica and Pennsylvania avenues can be dangerous.

“I’m afraid to cross. I cross all the way in the corner cause you never know when you’re going to see a car coming by,” said resident Natalie Tapia.

“It’s very crowded. It’s very congested. There’s always accidents,” said resident Imelda Hernandez.

The investigation is ongoing.

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