DJ Megatron was slain down the street from his home on Staten Island about 2 a.m., according to police. He was hit once in the torso and was found dead on the street by the time paramedics arrived at the scene.
No witnesses have come forward, and police do not yet know what the motive was for the shooting.
"Words can't describe the way my husband and I feel right now," his mother, Louvenia McGriff, told the newspaper. "I just don't know how we're going to make it without him. He was our golden child."
DJ Megatron (real name: Corey McGriff) first showed off his skills on New York's hip-hop radio station Hot 97 before he started at BET. He was also a regular performer on the city's club scene.
According to his family, he is survived by three children, the youngest being a 9-month-old son.