A Las Vegas man was indicted and arrested on murder charges in connection with the 1996 shooting death of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. The arrest comes after a recent search of the suspect’s home by the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD).
According to Rolling Stone, Duane “Keefe D” Davis was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and use of a deadly weapon. Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo believes that Davis was the “on-ground, on-site commander” who “ordered the death” of the famed rapper.
The case was reignited after the LVPD conducted a search of Davis’s home in July. The police did not release specific information but the warrant granted them the right to search Davis’s electronic storage devices and other potential evidence, including notes, writings, and documents related to the murder of Tupac Shakur, according to NBC News.
The investigation into Shakur’s death was reopened partially because of Davis’s own book, in which he claimed to have been in a car present during the shooting. In a 2018 episode of Death Row Chronicles, Davis said that he knew who shot and killed Shakur. However, he has always maintained that he did not fire any shots on the day of the shooting.
Friday’s arrest marks the first time that there has been an arrest in connection to the 1996 murder. Shakur has sold 33 million albums and an additional eight million, including streaming and downloads. His on-demand video and audio streams total 10.1 billion, according to entertainment industry data company Luminate. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tupac Shakur’s death has been shrouded in mystery for over two decades. The rapper was shot multiple times on September 7, 1996, while leaving a boxing match in Las Vegas. He died from his injuries six days later. The case has been a source of speculation and conspiracy theories, with many questioning the investigation and potential suspects.
This arrest brings some closure to Shakur’s family and fans, who have been waiting for justice for over 25 years. The LVPD has not released any further information about the arrest or the ongoing investigation. It is unclear at this time if Davis acted alone or if there are other suspects involved in Shakur’s death.
In the world of hip-hop and beyond, Tupac Shakur remains a beloved figure and his impact on music and culture continues to be felt to this day. With this arrest, the hope is that those responsible for his death will finally be held accountable. The trial and any potential conviction will be closely watched by the public, as the questions surrounding Shakur’s untimely death may finally be answered.