The infamous 1996 slaying in Las Vegas been marred in controversy for nearly three decades.
Some 27 years to the month that hip hop icon Tupac Shakur was shot and eventually succumb to his wounds on that fateful September night in 1996, an arrest has been made in connection with the murder.
Las Vegas authorities have arrested and charged Duane “Keffe D” Davis. David was one of four principal suspects that were identified early in the investigation.
As for the catalyst into the reopening of the investigation – it was Davis himself. In 2019, he published a memoir entitled, Compton Street Legend. It was his comments regarding the book and his involvement that reignited the effort. In fact, the current description of the book reads as follows…
“The infamous Suge Knight, former Death Row Records CEO, and I are the only living eyewitnesses to the deadly confrontation on the Las Vegas strip between the occupants of our two vehicles. A violent confrontation that led to the deaths of two of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars (Tupac Shakur & Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace) and changed Hip-Hop history forever.”
Davis, both in his book and in public comments has admitted to providing the weapon that ultimately took Shakur’s life. On September 29th, Davis was arrested and charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon. The indictment was also enhanced by a Las Vegas grand jury. Since the murder was in connection with gang activity, a guilty verdict for Davis could mean an additional 20 years to his sentence.
Davis, who is now 60 years old, was first taken into custody back in July when authorities served a search warrant on his Henderson, Nevada home. While he had long been a person of interest, Davis’ memoir shed some additional light on the events of that night. He admitted that he passed the gun to two men in the back seat of the Cadillac that fired on Tupac Shakur and then Death Row Records CEO, Marion “Suge” Knight.
In the same memoir, Davis eluded to his nephew Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, as being the shooter on that night. Anderson was involved in the casino brawl that was captured on surveillance footage just before the shooting. Anderson was one of two men in the back seat of the Cadillac Davis was in that fired on the victims.
Anderson was a known member of the South Side Compton Crips and was ultimately killed in an unrelated gang shooting in 1998.