Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2023

Tupac Shakur: Las Vegas police charge man over 1996 shooting of rapper | US News

A man has been charged in Las Vegas over the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot dead in 1996.

A Nevada grand jury indicted 60-year-old Duane “Keffe D” Davis on a charge of murder with use of a deadly weapon, prosecutors announced in court on Friday.

It represents a long-awaited break in a case that has frustrated investigators and fascinated the public ever since the hip-hop star was killed on the Las Vegas Strip 27 years ago.

Born in New York City, Tupac became one of the leading figures in the West Coast hip-hop scene, with hits including “California Love” and “Dear Mama”.

Known by his stage name 2Pac, he was nominated for a Grammy Award six times and is widely considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time.

He was killed on the night of 7 September 1996, while in a black BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight.

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They were waiting in a convoy of about 10 cars at a red light, a block from the Las Vegas Strip, when a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and gunfire erupted.

Tupac died after being shot multiple times. He was 25 at the time.

The shooting unfolded shortly after a casino brawl earlier in the evening between Orlando Anderson, Tupac and their associates.

There were many witnesses, but the investigation quickly stalled, in part because those witnesses refused to cooperate, Las Vegas police said in the past.

There have never been any arrests, yet attention on the case has endured for decades.

Pic: AP
Pic: AP

The man arrested on Friday, Mr Davis, is the uncle of Mr Anderson – one of Tupac’s known rivals who authorities have long suspected in the rapper’s death.

Mr Anderson denied any involvement in Shakur’s killing at the time, and died two years later in an unrelated gang shooting.

Mr Davis himself admitted in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” that he was in the Cadillac at the time of the shooting.

In July, police searched a property which public records, including voting records, linked to the wife of Mr Davis.

At the time, police confirmed officers had served a search warrant in Henderson, a city near Las Vegas.

Police were looking for items “concerning the murder of Tupac Shakur,” according to the search warrant.

However, the department did not release any other details, including where officers were searching and whether they expect to make an arrest.

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