For nearly three decades, the unsolved murder of rapper Tupac Shakur aka 2Pac, has remained a prominent cold case, fueling conspiracy theories and media speculation about the motives behind his death. However, a recent arrest has brought a breakthrough to the investigation. Las Vegas police announced on Friday that they have apprehended a suspect, Duane Keith Davis, who was believed to be one of the individuals involved in the pursuit of Shakur on September 7, 1996.
Admission in Memoir Leads to Arrest: Davis Charged with Murder in Tupac Shakur Investigation
Davis, who is now 60 years old, has been charged with murder by a grand jury. This is hardly surprising given Davis’s own admission in his 2019 self-published memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” in which he boldly claimed to have witnessed the shooting. During his news conference, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson stressed the significance of this arrest, saying it was the first step toward bringing the iconic singer to justice.
Despite this, the arrest occurs only after a considerable delay. Shakur’s family, fans, and the black community have long expressed skepticism towards the investigation, questioning the reasons behind its protracted stagnation despite the widespread attention it garnered. Professor of history and author Jeffrey Ogbar described the case as one that has captivated the public for a generation, expressing his relief at the arrest. Concerns persist, however, as to whether those primarily responsible for the murder will evade justice.
Tupac Shakur, who was born in New York but grew up in Baltimore before relocating to California, became famous as 2Pac and released such songs as “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Dear Mama,” and “California Love” in the 1990s. He has tried his hand at acting, appearing in movies like “Juice” and “Poetic Justice” with Janet Jackson.
Shakur watched a Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing event with Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight on the night of his shooting. Knight’s BMW was carrying Shakur when a white Cadillac drove up next to them at a red light near the Las Vegas Strip. The Cadillac passengers shot Shakur four times, killing him in the chest. At 25, he died six days later from his injuries.
Shakur publicly discussed topics of poverty, police brutality, and his self-described “thug existence” in his lyrics throughout his career, reflecting his own problems. He had already escaped a gunshot in 1994 while being shot five times during a heist at a recording studio in Manhattan.
On the night that Shakur was killed, he got into a fight with Orlando Anderson, a member of a rival gang in Compton. The police knew about this fight, but they didn’t care about it at the time. Investigators in California found out later that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department did not know Anderson was important or could have been involved.
The arrest of Duane Keith Davis offers hope for Shakur’s long-running case. It is a huge development, but it raises questions about whether those guilty of the rapper’s killing will receive justice.