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Tupac Shakur’s brother says killing has remained unsolved for 27 years because of his race | US News

today04/10/2023

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On the junction of the Las Vegas strip where Tupac Shakur was shot dead in September 1996, only a graffiti-covered lamp post with some scrawls of “RIP Pac” and “Tupac Shakur, I love you,” hint at what unfolded here.  

Tupac was rap music’s brightest star when he was shot four times at point-blank range while being driven along one of the city’s busiest streets. He died a week later.

His fame has only increased in the years since and his death is the subject of dozens of books, films and songs.

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Until this week, many people had given up believing that police would crack one of America’s great unsolved crimes. But today, in a courtroom just a few miles from where he was killed and 27 years later, a man will enter a plea, charged with Tupac’s murder.

Tupac during an interview in 1991. Pic: AP
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Tupac during an interview in 1991. Pic: AP

It is a moment Tupac’s family feared they would never see. His brother Mopreme Shakur says he believes Tupac’s murder would not have gone unsolved for so long if he had been white. “Pac was a young black male,” he says, “and we have challenges in this country when it comes to equal justice.

“That’s just the nature of the beast, it’s just the nature of the beast in America. I’m realistic about that.”

Mopreme added: “I was shocked, surprised, and taken aback because it’s been so long.

“We haven’t heard anything in 27 years. My daughter is 27 years old, so any accountability is good at this point.”

The man arrested is Duane Davis, better known in rap circles by his street name Keefe D.

Davis is accused of being the “shot caller” by authorities and is alleged to have handed the gun used to kill Tupac to the shooter.

As early as 1998, he bragged about being at the scene of the crime and wrote a memoir in which he stated he was in the car from where the bullets were fired.

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He has long been known to investigators as one of four suspects identified early in the investigation. He isn’t the accused gunman but is described as the group’s ringleader by authorities.

In Nevada you can be charged with a crime, including murder, if you help someone commit the crime.

‘How far are they going to go?’

Mopreme believes others need to be held criminally accountable for his brother’s murder. “It would be a shame after all this time for them not to do this properly,” he says, “meaning that they look at all the connections to it and get the total justice that we want.

“There’s doubt in their sincerity. How far are they going to go? Are they going to go all the way and get all the accomplices?”

Bobby Ladd, a former police officer in Compton, Los Angeles, who was assigned to investigate the case, told Sky News he was “elated” that the charge had been brought.

“Hopefully the family could get some justice,” he said. “The whole world, I guess – he was that popular.”

Addressing the reasons why it has taken so long for a charge to be made, he said: “Gang cases are really, really difficult to solve. Las Vegas, at the time, really didn’t know how to investigate gang crimes because they didn’t really have a lot of gang members in their city. I just don’t think they were ready for such a big gang case like that.”



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