New information surrounding the tragic killing of the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur has surfaced. A suspect whose identity had remained shrouded in secrecy for more than two decades was apprehended.
Early Friday morning the Las Vegas Police Department arrested Duane “Keffe D” Davis, in connection to the shooting of Shakur. Though Davis is not presumed to have pulled the trigger, police say they have reason to believe he orchestrated the shooting and provided the firearm used in the attack. This turn of events has sent shockwaves through the music industry and reignited the public’s interest in the case.
Family, fans and authorities alike are relieved this potential breakthrough may finally bring justice to one of music’s most enduring mysteries. Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, posted a message on social media in response to the arrest of Davis, which stated:
“This is no doubt a pivotal moment. The silence of the past 27 years surrounding this case has spoken loudly in our community. 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. His life and death matters, and should not go unsolved or unrecognized, so yes, today is a victory but I will reserve judgement until all the facts and legal proceedings are complete. There have been multiple hands involved and there remains so much surrounding the life and death of my brother Tupac and our Shakur family overall. We are seeking real justice, on all fronts.”
The shooting occurred September 7, 1995, as Shakur left a boxing match in a car driven by the former CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight. Shakur sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died from his injuries six days later. Knight was only grazed by a bullet during the incident. LVPD says an altercation involving Shakur, Knight, and gang members, may have led to the retaliation shooting that claimed the life of the hip hop icon.
Under his own admission, Duane Davis acknowledged he was in the car with three other individuals Terrance Brown, Deandrae Smith and Orlando Anderson, when the shots were fired that struck Shakur. Those three individuals are now deceased leaving Davis as the lone survivor. Brown was shot to death in 2015 and Anderson was also killed by gunfire in 1998. Smith is said to have passed away from health related issues.
For over 25 years, the murder of Tupac Shakur has remained an enigma, leaving family, fans and investigators alike searching for answers. This recent arrest, however, offers a glimmer of hope that the truth may finally come to light as investigators piece together the events leading up to the rapper’s untimely demise.
Tupac Shakur is recognized as one of the greatest rappers of all time selling more than 29 million records worldwide. He left behind a lasting legacy of an iconic recording artist whose voice was silenced too soon.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the world eagerly awaits answers, hoping that justice will finally be served in the tragic case that has captivated the nation for nearly three decades.
Continue to R.I.P Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)
For more information on this breaking news event view the Las Vegas Police Department press conference below.
Written by Aminah Sillah-Baker & Steven Ragsdale