The Most Famous Assassinations in American History

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36. Jam Master Jay, 2002
> Known as: Rapper
> Killed by: Unknown
> Assassination location: Jamaica, Queens

Born Jason William Mizell in Brooklyn, New York, Jam Master Jay joined the groundbreaking hip-hop group 1982. The group included Joseph “Run” Simmons (younger brother of rapper and future Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons) and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels. The band’s signature street lyrics, vinyl scratches, and black hats made them distinct and revolutionary. On the night of Oct. 20, 2002, Jam Master Jay was shot by two men who broke into his Queens studio in a crime that remains unsolved.

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37. George Tiller, 2009
> Known as: Abortion doctor
> Killed by: Scott Roeder
> Assassination location: Wichita, Kansas

As one of the few doctors in the U.S. who performed late-term abortions, Dr. George Tiller became the focus of anti-abortion groups. Fearing for his life, Dr. Tiller wore body armor when he attended church services. This did not help, as on May 31, 2000, he died after being shot in the head by Scott Philip Roeder, an opponent of abortion. While in prison, Roeder said he had “no regrets” over the killing, saying he saved the lives of countless children.

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