Tupac to get justice 27 years after he was murdered

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Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur who was murdered 27 years years ago at the age of 25 is finally heading towards getting justice. One of the four suspects in his murder and the last surviving witness of the shooting incident, Duane “Keffe D” Davis was arrested in late September in connection with the murder.

Davis who told a police officer after his arrest that he’s been arrested for “the biggest case in Las Vegas history” is charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon. The Nevada grand jury has also agreed to add enhancement to the sentencing which would potentially prolong the number of years by 20.

Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting incident on the night of September 7, 1996, and he died a week later after losing a lung. Tupac was in Las Vegas, Nevada and went to watch the fight between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon for the WBA Heavyweight title which Tyson won in the first round after 1.49.

Following the end of the fight, Shakur and his team attacked Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson who was associated with the East Coast in the East Coast-West Coast Hip Hop rivalry. Tupac was with Suge Knight Jr at the Tyson fight and was travelling with him in the black BMW when the white Cadilac pulled over and fired shots at them near the Las Vegas Strip. A bullet grazed Suge’s head and he survived but Tupac died at the hospital six days later.

Davis whose cousin Anderson was involved in the brawl with Tupac after the fight prior to the shooting was indicted by Davis in his 2019 memoir, Crompton Street Legend. Tupac was in the BMW that was driven by Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, a rival label Bay Boy Records founded by “Puffy” Diddy. Bad Boy Records had Tupac’s music rival Biggie Smalls on its label as the two labels were at the centre of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry.

According to Davis, he acquired the gun which was used for the shooting and he was the one driving the Cadilac. He said he slipped the gun to the two people in the backseat which included his nephew, Anderson.

However, Anderson who died two years after Tupac’s death denied his involvement in the death of the rapper. He was the one who had a brawl with Tupac after the fight when one of Knight’s associates identified him as relating to the South Side Crompton Crips and that he tried to rob them some time ago.

Reaction after Davis was arrested for the murder of Tupac

After Davis was arrested, several reactions followed. Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, sister of the late rapper in a statement said it was “a pivotal moment”.

“This is no doubt a pivotal moment. The silence of the past 27 years surrounding this case has spoken loudly in our community,” she said as per AP. “It’s important to me that the world, the country, the justice system, and our people acknowledge the gravity of the passing of this man, my brother, my mother’s son, my father’s son.”

Rapper Flavor Flav of the Public Enemy hip-hop group told the PEOPLE, “I’m so happy right now that they finally found Tupac’s shooter”. He added, “It was bound to happen one day if he didn’t turn his own self in, because he told on himself, I heard.”

“He wrote a book about it and all of this stuff, but if he didn’t do it, I felt the streets would turn him in one day…So I’m so happy that they found him.”

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