Jamaal was killed in January 2004. The following is an excerpt from Fox 12:
"That was horrific to me," said Carla Joseph, Wells' cousin. "He was just a kid, 23 years old. Who the hell would shoot somebody nine times like that? That was brutal, that's anger. That's like, what did he do?" Joseph raised Wells in Oakland, CA, before he moved to Portland. She said he was more like her child than her cousin. She remembers he was always smiling.
His death came as a big shock.
"Then it was like a question mark," said Joseph. "And it stayed that way. And it's been that way."