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30th Sep 2023

US Police finally charge a man with murder of rapper Tupac Shakur in 1996

One of the last living witnesses to the Las Vegas drive-by shooting of rapper, Tupac Shakur, in 1996 has been charged with his murder.

The charges mark a breakthrough in the long-running case that has frustrated investigators and gripped the public ever since the hip-hop legend was killed.

A Nevada grand jury indicted Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, over the shooting, prosecutors announced in court on Friday.

Davis was arrested on a walk near his home in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson on Friday, September 29th.

The accused previously admitted that he was in the Cadillac where the gunfire erupted during the drive-by shooting and has long been on the radar of investigators.

According to Clark County Las Vegas District Attorney Steve Wolfson, he was charged by a Nevada grand jury with one count of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement.

Mr. Wolfson also said the family of the late Tupac Shakur has welcomed the news.

“The family has reached out to my office, I imagine also to [police], we’ve been in communication with them.”

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“We understand that they are welcoming this news, they are pleased with this news, and they are certainly aware of the return of this indictment,” Mr. Wolfson said during a press conference.

The arrest of Davis comes just two months after police in Las Vegas raided his wife’s home in July in search of items ‘concerning the murder of Tupac Shakur’, documents have revealed.

During the search, it was reported that police collected multiple computers, a mobile phone, a hard drive, a Vibe magazine that featured Shakur, several.40-calibre bullets, two ‘tubs containing photographs’ and a book.

At the time of his death on September 7th, 1996, Shakur was just 25 years old.

He was gunned down while inside a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in a convoy of about 10 cars.

While they were waiting at a red light, a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and gunfire broke out, which resulted in Shakur being shot multiple times and, as a result, dying less than a week later on September 13th.