Las Vegas Police arrested a man accused of murdering the rapper on Friday Tupac Shakur 27 years ago, a key step to solve one of the biggest mysteries in hip hop history in the United States.
Tupac Shakur died after being shot from another car on the Las Vegas Strip and no arrests have been made since.
One of the most criticized cases in recent decades against the Las Vegas police for not solving the crime is almost over.
Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, was arrested as responsible for ordering Shakur’s death and executing the plan to achieve it.. He himself publicly boasted that he had obtained the weapon with which Shakur was shot, although it is still unknown who committed the crime.
“Duane Davis was the leader of the group of people who committed this murder and prepared the plan that finally came to fruition,” explained this Friday the head of the homicide department of the Las Vegas Police, Jason Johansson.
Tupac Shakur was killed when he had just released his fourth album, All Eyez On Me —he went on to sell over five million copies—and is still considered one of the most influential rappers in the United States. His death also opened a schism between the East and West coast of the country that marked the hip hop music scene in the 90s.
In July, local police searched the home of Davis and his wife. He has admitted in his memoirs that he was in the front seat of the Cadillac where Tupac Shakur was shot and that he was in charge of passing the gun to the shooter who was in the back seat.
Davis also implicated his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, by claiming he was one of the two people behind the car. Anderson is also known to have been involved in a fight with Tupac Shakur that took place at a casino before the shooting.
“No one knew that this fight could eventually lead to revenge against Shakur,” the Police explained today that they seem to have connected the dots. Davis’ nephew died two years after Skahur and has always denied any connection to the rapper’s murder.
Tupac Shakur’s sister described Davis’ arrest as a victory in a statement released after his arrest. “This is without a doubt an important moment. The silence of the last 27 years in this case speaks volumes in our community,” said the rapper’s brother, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur. “It is important that the country and the judicial system will recognize the seriousness of his death.”
Tupac Shakur was traveling on the night of September 7 in a BMW driven by the founder of the Death Row Records label, Marion “Suge” Knight. When they were waiting at a red light, a Cadillac stopped next to them and the shots started at the rapper, who died six days later at the age of 25.
The only person arrested in connection with her death will appear in court this week, accused of masterminding the plan to end her life, nearly three decades ago.