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Rapper Chinx Drugz was laid to rest amid calls for an end to the gun violence that ended his life.

Rappers French Montana and Juelz Santana were among of an estimated thousand-strong crowd who paid their respects to Lionel “Chinx Drugz” Pickens at his funeral Tuesday at the the Greater Allen A.M.E. church in Jamaica, Queens.

Chinx was killed May 17 when a gunman opened fire on his car after he performed at a Brooklyn club. Police are searching for his killer.

“I’m always speaking about gun violence. I’m always talking about how our kids are killing each other,” Chinx’ cousin Norman Seabrook told the packed church.

“How one person is dead and the other person goes away for 50 years,” he said. “They’re dead too. We’ve got to do better than this. We must do better than this.”

Chinx’s wife, Janelli Caceres-Pickens, stepdaughter Kayla, daughter Lanisa and son, Lionel Jr., sat in the front of the sanctuary inside for their patriarch’s home going.

“His dedication, his commitment to his work..with his family, was incredible,” Chinx’s tearful manager Doug Ellison said. “It’s the only thing that’s helping me get through this.”

“His goal and intention was to leave a mark, and he has done that,” Ellison added.

Chinx, wearing a leather blazer and corsage, looked at peace in the polished mahogany casket as mourners streamed by. Just before pallbearers closed the casket, his family, wearing all white, approached the coffin for a final goodbye. Lionel Jr., 4, touched his father’s jacket before settling back into the pews.

Two large screens in the church sanctuary showed a collage of pictures from the slain rapper’s life: images of him as a child, with his family and performing. Caceres-Pickens, meanwhile, had to be consoled by relatives and at one point had to leave the service.

The Coke Boyz rapper’s funeral program notes that he “had a gift for making people laugh and smile with his sense of humor.”

“Lionel influenced many with his music, and his drive to get to the top of the hip hop industry,” the program read.

Seabrook, the president of New York’s correctional officers union, told the church that police told him no weapons or drugs were found in Chinx’s Porsche.

“He was doing the right thing,” Seabrook said. “For a time in his life, he was doing the right thing.”

Aunt Sabrina Pickens recalled the rapper as a rambunctious kid with an infectious smile. “

“They didn’t just take a rapper,” Pickens said. “They took a brother, they took a husband, they took a grandson, a father an uncle.”

Seabrook said Lionel Jr. asked him when his father was going to wake up and come home.

“I said, ‘Well, I don’t know,” Seabrook said. “God has a big house. And he’s up there in heaven with God.”

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