A 27-year-old man was charged with the fatal hit-and-run death of a well-known DJ after turning himself in to cops Friday, police sources said.
Kevin Ozoria showed up at the 75th Precinct stationhouse in East New York, the sources said.
Ozoria was charged with leaving the scene of a crash and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Jean Paul Guerrero, also known as DJ Jinx Paul, 39, of Harlem.
A crowd of hundreds of relatives and supporters packed the R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home in Washington Heights Friday evening to mourn the sudden loss of the popular DJ.
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A truck parked outside displayed images of a smiling Guerrero at the Mega 97.9 studio surrounded by friends.
“He was so lovable,” said Andrew Rodriguez, 31, an aspiring DJ who said Guerrero helped him get his start by letting him open for him at club gigs.
“He was always there when I needed help. He was always there for me,” Rodriguez said. “He would tell me ‘just keep doing what you love.’ ”
Rodriguez said he was grateful that Ozoria turned himself in.
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“It’s a blessing,” he said. “At least now the parents have some peace. He did the right thing.”
Earlier, cops located Ozoria’s vehicle at a Brooklyn body shop. A man dropped the vehicle off at a Brooklyn body shop to repair a shattered windshield in the hours after Monday’s crash, sources said.
A check of the license plates and the VIN number allowed police to identify the owner of the dark blue Honda Accord, police sources said.
Guerrero, who worked at Mega 97.9, was mowed down crossing Jamaica Ave. at Sheffield Ave. in Cypress Hills about 4 a.m. Monday.
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Paramedics rushed Guerrero, the father of a 6-year-old boy, to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died.
“He was an angel on earth,” said a woman who gave her name as Miss Deleon as she carried a white rose into Guerrero’s wake Friday evening. “Always humble and sweet.”
The service was open casket, said Vladimir Gomez, a spokesman for the radio station.
“It’s going to be really, really emotional,” Gomez said. “His parents haven't been to the States before. They live in Ecuador.”
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Guerrero will be buried in a private ceremony Saturday.
His parents were interviewed on the radio station after they flew in from their home in Ecuador, and thanked New Yorkers for their support, and then spoke directly to the person responsible.
“You can understand as a mother you can understand my pain,” Gloria Guerrero said.
“If you have a big heart, if you can't turn yourself in, at least call us. That's the only thing that we ask as parents because we would forgive you and because he (Jinx) knows how to forgive. God forgives and my son would forgive because he didn't have bad faith in anyone.”
The owner of the body shop told cops that the man now identified as Ozoria dropped off the car and asked the shop to replace the windshield. The owner became suspicious because Ozoria insisted that the car be parked inside and not on the street, where it could be seen.
He replaced the windshield but then called the police after he saw a report on Guerrero’s death on television.
The tampering charge relates to the changing of the windshield in an effort to cover up the crime.
Cops are still looking for a woman seen jumping from the car that fatally struck Guerrero, officials said Wednesday.
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