Tupac Shakur: Man Arrested In Connection With 1996 Murder
A man has been arrested in connection with the 1996 murder of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. Duane “Keffe D” Davis was arrested early Friday morning, according to the Associated Press. The exact charges have not been made public at this time.
Shakur was killed on Sept. 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He was sitting inside a black car with Marion “Suge” Knight. Knight, at the time, was the CEO of Death Row Records. On the night of Sept. 7, 1996, police say the two stopped at a red light near the iconic Las Vegas Strip when a white Cadillac pulled up next to them, and gunfire erupted. The “Dear Mama” rapper was shot multiple times. He succumbed to his injuries a week later in a local hospital.
Over the years, Davis has admitted that he was in the convertible during the shooting. He confessed his involvement in his 2019 tell-all memoir, Compton Street Legend. In a BET interview, he claimed that his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, was the one who pulled the trigger from the backseat of the vehicle. The shooting erupted after a casino brawl in which Shakur, Anderson, and others were involved.
While Davis always put the blame on his nephew, Anderson denied any involvement in the Shakur shooting. He died two years later in a shooting in his home city of Compton, California.
The arrest comes two months after Las Vegas police raided Davis’ wife’s home on July 17. The house is located in Henderson, which neighbors the city. According to the AP, documents obtained by the outlet say that “police were looking for items concerning the murder of Tupac Shakur.”
No arrests have ever been made in connection to the rapper’s death. Las Vegas police have said that witnesses refused to cooperate with law enforcement, which led to the case never being solved. Nevada does not have a statute of limitations for prosecuting homicide cases.