On Monday, “a search warrant was served in Henderson,” Nev., a city just southeast of Las Vegas, according to a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
The search was “part of the ongoing Tupac Shakur homicide investigation,” according to the spokeswoman, however the NYPD did not elaborate on what detectives were searching for at the residence.
The story was initially reported by KLAS on Tuesday.
Shakur was 25 years old when he was killed in a drive-by shooting. One block off the Las Vegas strip, the “Changes” rapper was shot four times. He passed away six days later.
The murder of the hip-hop star remains unsolved, and friends and family have long sought answers while grieving.
His mother, Afeni Shakur Davis, who died in May 2016, was “very angry” late in her life since her son’s killer was unknown, according to family friend Donald David in 2017.
“She was angry because she felt no one was looking into what had really happened,” David explained at the time. “She was angry that it happened, but I think she was even more angry that it was trivialized.”
Shakur’s assassination has produced a complicated tangle of conspiracy theories, which has been exacerbated by an infusion of fake information.
Immediately after his death, there was widespread conjecture that Shakur’s murder was the consequence of the continuing East Coast/West Coast animosity that dominated hip hop in the 1990s, and that Shakur’s old buddy Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace had ordered his killing.
According to David, Shakur’s mother never thought Smalls, who was shot and died six months later, had any involvement in her son’s murder.
“What we came to believe was that it was not a West Coast/East Coast issue, but that it was more a question of the Crips versus the Bloods,” he explained.
Police had Orlando Anderson as a key suspect in the murder. Anderson was a Crips member who had a battle with Shakur earlier in the day at the MGM Grand.
However, a check of Anderson’s residence turned up nothing, and he was murdered in a different firefight one year later.
In 2017, a source with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that more than 20 years after Shakur’s death, the dominant explanation police have is that his murder was “retaliation” for battling Anderson earlier in the day.
According to an LAPD source, a former Crips commander confessed that Shakur’s killing was retaliation for Anderson’s beating.
“It was simple retaliation: if you mess with one of ours, we will mess with one of yours,” an LAPD insider explained. “If Orlando hadn’t been jumped in the hotel, they would never have killed Tupac that night.”