Former gang leader indicted by a Nevada grand jury for the 1996 killing of the rapper and actor Tupac Shakur near the Las Vegas Strip
A Nevada grand jury has indicted a former gang leader with the murder of hip-hop star Tupac Shakur three decades ago, a breakthrough in a case that was a defining moment in the history of rap.
Duane “Keffe D” Davis was charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon, Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo announced in court on Friday. Davis was arrested outside his home on Friday morning and was in police custody, DiGiacomo said.
Graffiti of Tuapc in Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro
In July, a house was raided by Nevada police. The house belonged to Duane Davis. The 60-year-old self-styled gang leader is the uncle of Orlando Anderson, the man who Shakur and Knight attacked on the night of his murder.
Anderson denied involvement in Shakur’s killing at the time, and died two years later in a shooting in Compton, California.
Police reported collecting multiple computers, a mobile phone and hard drive, “documentary documents,” a Vibe magazine that featured Shakur, “purported marijuana,” several .40-caliber bullets, two “tubs containing photographs” and a copy of Davis’ 2019 tell-all memoir, ”Compton Street Legend.”
Shakur was wounded in a drive-by shooting near the Las Vegas Strip on Sept. 7, 1996. He died in a hospital six days later at the age of 25.
At the time, members of Shakur’s party refused to cooperate with the police’s investigation. Over time, the media has put multiple people forward as suspects. For a while, the Notorious BIG was considered a suspect due to the rivalry he had with Shakur.
Originally friends, the pair became rivals when Shakur accused Biggie and fellow East Coast rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs of their knowledge behind a shooting incident in New York in 1994.
Shakur was robbed and shot four times when he arrived at Quad Studios in Times Square. In 1995, Shakur publicly accused Biggie and Combs of their involvement in the shooting as they had been at the same studio at the time. Both denied any wrongdoing.
The incident led to both Biggie and Shakur releasing diss tracks in reference to the shooting, ‘Who Shot Ya?’ and ‘Hit ‘Em Up’, respectively.
Six months after Shakur’s death, Biggie was murdered in eerily similar circumstances. Biggie was leaving a party in Los Angeles on 8 March 1997 when a car pulled up alongside his and shot him four times. He was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead within an hour. He was just 24 years old.
Davis had admitted in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” that he was in the Cadillac from which the gunfire erupted during the shooting.
Shakur was an award-winning rapper, activist and actor who sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
He was best known for raw lyrics laced with violence, sex and profanity describing life in the ghetto. His album “All Eyez on Me,” released shortly before his death, celebrated his own outlaw image.
Beloved by his fans — and detested by politicians — for songs that celebrated violence and misogyny, Shakur was no stranger to trouble, having spent much of his last two-and-a-half years in court, prison or hospitals.
The violent last chapter in his life came when the rap star and friends were driving to a nightclub in a convoy after watching the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.
When the black BMW Shakur was riding in stopped at a traffic light, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside and a gunman inside fired at least nine bullets, apparently aimed at the passenger seat where Shakur was sitting. The singer and actor was hit four times.
Marion “Suge” Knight, co-founder of Los Angeles-based Death Row Records who produced Shakur’s records, was driving the BMW. He was grazed in the head by a bullet fragment but suffered only minor injuries.
Shakur became more popular in death than in life. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.