Arrest Made in Long-Running Mystery of Tupac Shakur’s Murder

In a significant breakthrough in the unsolved murder case of rapper Tupac Shakur, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, identified as the alleged mastermind behind the 1996 killing, was arrested and charged with murder on Friday. Although not the accused gunman, Davis, known to authorities as a key suspect, was described as the ringleader of the group involved in the crime. The arrest marks a turning point in one of hip-hop’s enduring mysteries.

Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Jason Johansson stated in a news conference that Davis orchestrated the plan leading to Shakur’s murder. Davis had publicly admitted in interviews and his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” that he provided the gun used in the drive-by shooting, which, according to authorities, reignited the investigation.

The 60-year-old Davis was apprehended on Friday during a walk near his Las Vegas home, preceding the announcement by prosecutors that a Nevada grand jury had indicted him on one count of murder with a deadly weapon. He is also facing a sentencing enhancement for gang activity, potentially adding up to 20 years if convicted.

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Transcripts released on Friday shed light on the grand jury proceedings, revealing testimonies from former associates of Davis, friends of Shakur, and retired police officers involved in the case. The narratives presented to the jurors depicted a deepening rivalry between Shakur’s label, Death Row Records, and Bad Boy Records, associated with Davis and representing Shakur’s rap rival, Biggie Smalls.

The murder charge comes decades after the fatal night of September 7, 1996, when Shakur was shot multiple times while waiting at a red light in a BMW near the Las Vegas Strip. The case gained infamy, contributing to the West Coast/East Coast rivalry that defined hip-hop in the mid-1990s.

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Davis, in his memoir, detailed his involvement in the crime, specifying that he supplied the gun and was present in the Cadillac from which the shots were fired. He pointed to his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, as one of the shooters. Anderson, a known rival of Shakur, had a prior altercation with the rapper.

Shakur’s murder has remained a pivotal moment in the history of hip-hop, and his influence endures despite his untimely death at the age of 25. The arrest of Davis, the alleged orchestrator of the crime, brings a renewed focus on a case that has baffled investigators and fans for over two decades.

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