Nearly three decades after Tupac Shakur was shot near the Las Vegas Strip, police announced on Friday that Duane “Keffe D” Davis was arrested in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting.
On September 13, 1996, the deceased American rapper, one of the most prolific personalities in hip-hop music, passed away. He was 25 years old. Davis, the uncle of a longtime person of interest in the 27-year-old investigation, was arrested and charged with murder in Shakur’s death, authorities announced at a press conference on Friday.
Here’s what you need to know about Duane “Keffe D” Davis, who is accused of murdering one of the most prominent and influential rappers of his era.
How did Tupac Shukur Die?
On the evening of September 7, 1996, Shakur was gravely wounded in a drive-by shooting near Las Vegas Boulevard. In a convoy of about ten vehicles, he was in a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight. They were stopped at a red light when a white Cadillac drew up alongside them and opened fire.
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During a press conference on Friday in Las Vegas, LVPD homicide Lt. Jason Johansson stated that the shooting occurred as Shakur was on his way to a nightclub after witnessing Mike Tyson defeat Bruce Seldon in a championship fight at the MGM Grand. Shakur perished a week later at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas after being shot multiple times.
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Who is Duane “Keefe D” Davis?
Duane Keith Davis was born in Compton, California at the age of 60. Many in the entertainment industry recognize him by his stage name, “Keffe D,” and he claims to be a member of the California-based organization South Side Compton Crips (SSCC).
Davis gained notoriety as one of the only surviving witnesses to Shakur’s murder after appearing in television specials for A&E, USA Network, and Fox.
In 2018, he confessed in an interview with BET that he was in the Cadillac when Shakur was shot. He claimed that his deceased nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, was one of two persons in the rear seat when the shots were fired.
Johansson reported on Friday that prior to leaving the MGM Grand, Shakur and Knight located their rival Anderson near the elevators and began to attack him. Johansson stated that security broke up the fight, and the two exited the MGM to attend the post-fight party.
Davis, according to Johansson, simultaneously learned what transpired inside the MGM and “began to formulate a plan to acquire a firearm and exact revenge against Suge Knight and Mr. Shakur for the incident.” Anderson, also from Compton, passed away in May 1998. Police claimed he was also a member of the SSCC gang.
What is Duane Davis Charged With?
During a Friday press conference, Clark County District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson told reporters that Davis is charged with one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon and with the intent to promote, further, or facilitate a criminal gang. After being indicted by a grand jury, Davis is scheduled to appear in court in the coming days on the murder allegation.
Who was Tupac Shakur?
Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, in East Harlem, New York. Known by his stage name 2Pac, he produced rap classics such as “California Love” and “Dear Mama.”
The artist and activist was once referred to by Snoop Dogg as “revolutionary” and “the greatest rapper of all time.” The rapper’s career lasted only five years, but he sold more than 75 million records globally.
His diamond-certified album “All Eyez on Me” from 1996 includes the songs “How Do U Want It” and “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.” According to his online biography, he remains one of the most misunderstood, convoluted, and prolific figures in modern history. “Shakur’s message has continued to reverberate around the globe as his devoted and adoring fans continue to value the timeless messages he incorporated into his poetry and music.”
In April 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a hologram of him performed at the 2012 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, Tupac’s sister, accepted his posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame star in July. During the ceremony, the emcee, radio personality Big Boy, mentioned two museum exhibits recently devoted to the star: “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac.” at the Grammy Museum from 2015-2016 and “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” will be performed at L.A. Live in 2022. Dear Mama, a multi-part series about Shakur and his mother Afeni Shakur, was released this year by FX.
Prior to his death, Shakur served time in prison after being accused of sexual assault in the 1990s. According to XXL magazine, he married his fiancée Keisha Morris there. Ten months later, the magazine reported that their union was dissolved.
Tupac Shakur Case
Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis, a member of the South Side Compton Crips, was recently apprehended in relation to Tupac Shakur’s murder in 1996. Davis is suspected of participating in the drive-by gunfire that killed Shakur on the Las Vegas Strip. When Tupac was shot, he asserted he was in the vehicle with the perpetrator.
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