DJ Khaled's Future Brother-in-Law Killed in Alleged Botched Drug Deal

By Paul Gaita 02/09/18

Initial reports pointed to a botched marijuana deal, but other sources say Jonathan Tuck was caught in an attempted robbery.

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DJ Khaled with his fiancée Nicole Tuck and their son Asahd
DJ Khaled with his fiancée Nicole Tuck and their son Asahd

The New York Daily News has reported that Jonathan Tuck, brother of record producer and media personality DJ Khaled's fiancée, was shot dead in New York City.

Tuck, 25, who was the younger brother of Khaled's fiancée, Nicole Tuck, died at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx on February 4 after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Police took an individual into custody for questioning, but no charges have been filed in the apparent homicide. Initial reports said that the shooting took place as part of a botched marijuana deal, though sources reportedly close to the family claimed that Tuck died while trying to defend himself in an attempted robbery.

Police said that Tuck was in an apartment in the Bronx located less than a half-mile from his home when the shooting occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. Authorities initially opined that an argument with an unspecified individual took place before the shooting, though they could not say if the disagreement resulted from the alleged marijuana deal. These initial reports also claimed that Tuck had succumbed to a gunshot wound to the face.

However, the aforementioned sources close to the family said that Tuck was at the apartment to watch the Super Bowl, and had incurred the fatal injury—which they claimed was a gunshot wound to the back of the head—as a result of a robbery attempt that took place there.

According to his social media feed, Khaled was attending Super Bowl LII In Minneapolis at the time of the shooting, but Nicole Tuck was in New York, and reportedly rushed to St. Barnabas after learning about the incident.

Both Khaled and Nicole Tuck issued a statement to TMZ that read, "Our family appreciates the condolences from loved ones and friends… we are requesting privacy during this difficult time."

The Daily News story quoted a friend of the deceased, Brandon Davis, who said that he had made plans with Tuck on the night of the 4th, and his girlfriend broke the news to him about Tuck's death in the early morning hours of February 5. "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Davis, who was also the godfather to Tuck's one-year-old daughter. "There was no reason for him to be there."

"He was my friend. I loved that guy. I've argued with him. I've bled with him. We've talked, prayed and cried," said Davis, who played with Tuck on the Bronx Colts, a youth football team, in 2011. "I just want to know what this was about. His mother deserves that, his sister, his daughter deserves that. I hope they find the answer."

Various media sources indicated that an investigation into Tuck's death is currently underway. The Daily News reported that police took a 34-year-old man into custody for questioning on February 4, but as of February 6, no charges had been filed in connection with the shooting.

The Grammy-nominated Khaled, who currently serves as a judge on the reality music competition series The Four, and Tuck—who owned a clothing company, ABU Apparel—welcomed a son, Asahd, on October 23, 2016.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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