Nearly three decades after the killing of hip hop star, Tupac Shakur, Las Vegas police on Friday 29th September finally arrested in connection to the rapper’s long-unsolved murder. Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the last living person involved in the September 1996 drive-by shooting that ultimately claimed Shakur’s life at the age of 25 was charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon.
Tupac Amaru Shakur also known by his stage name 2Pac, one of rap’s greatest icons, was mortally wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the night of 7 September 1996. However, in the absence of any concrete answers as to why and who killed the hip-hop artiste, conspiracy theories have filled the void.
Lieutenant Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said in a press conference yesterday afternoon following Davis’ arrest, his memoir, ‘Compton Street Legend’, interviews “reinvigorated” the investigation.
“He provided his own series of statements that are consistent with the evidence we’ve gathered,” Johansson said, adding that the search warrant on Davis’ home “corroborated” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s information as well.
The former gang leader named Duane Keith Davis, who is 60, in interviews and his 2019 memoire admitted that he provided the gun used in the drive-by shooting, that he was also in the vehicle. In Nevada you can be charged with a crime, including murder, if you help someone commit the crime.
Tupac’s murder has long been blamed on the escalating East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry of the 1990s – a rivalry that would also claim the life of Shakur’s friend-turned-rival, Notorious BIG in Los Angeles on 9 March 1997.
He was just 25 at the time. His fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” was still at the top of the charts with about 5 million copies sold.
The uncooperative attitudes of witnesses stalled the investigation, and the case has been unsolved for almost 30 years.
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