The most significant development in the cold case in over 27 years came when the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detained a suspect about Tupac Shakur’s 1996 death.
The media was informed by law enforcement sources who were aware of the arrest that Duane “Keffe D” Davis was placed under arrest on Friday morning.
According to the publication, Davis was accused of murder using a deadly weapon.
According to the book’s description on Amazon, Davis, now 60 years old, co-wrote Compton Street Legends, released in 2019. Davis identifies as one of three “living eyewitnesses” to Shakur’s murder.
On September 7, 1996, Shakur, a Grammy-winning rapper who had sold millions of records, was shot four times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas when heading to a nightclub.
After being taken to the hospital immediately, the 25-year-old lost his lung and passed away from his injuries about a week after the incident.
The identity of the shooter in the incident is yet unknown.The case stayed cold despite a lot of curiosity and conjecture, with few statements made in public on its status until the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department revived the investigation earlier this summer.
Authorities carried out a search warrant at Davis’s Henderson, Nevada, one-story beige stucco house on July 17.
Davis is the individual who has gone public with his comments about being in the vehicle when someone fired shots at Shakur. The search was conducted as part of the investigation.
The affidavit, which was previously reviewed, states that items found during the July search included an iPhone, a desktop computer, four laptops, a few tablets—some with cracked screens and one in a pink case—a copy of the book Compton Street Legends, an issue of Vibe magazine featuring Shakur, two black tubs filled with pictures, and what the police claim to be “purported marijuana.”
Along with Marion “Suge” Knight, who had signed Shakur to his company Death Row Records in the autumn of 1995, Shakur attended a Mike Tyson heavyweight battle at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on the night of the deadly shooting.
Shakur and Knight were fired many times while stopped at a red light later that evening as they went to Knight’s nightclub in Las Vegas. (Knight also had a gunshot wound to the head.)
Shakur is regarded as one of the most accomplished and significant rappers in history; in 2010, Rolling Stone listed him among the top 100 musicians. Along with receiving a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023, the late rapper was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and had a boulevard named after him in Oakland, California.
It’s unclear whether Davis has hired a lawyer to respond to questions on his behalf.