In a stunning turn of events, Las Vegas police have apprehended a suspect in connection with the infamous 1996 drive-by shooting of the iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. Duane “Keefe D” Davis was taken into custody on Friday morning, and sources suggest that he will be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, marking a significant development in a case that has remained unsolved for nearly three decades.
Duane “Keefe D” Davis had been vocal about his role as a witness to the tragic shooting of Tupac Shakur, then 25 years old, and hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight on the streets of Las Vegas in September 1996. Davis claimed to be one of four occupants of a white Cadillac that pulled up alongside Tupac’s car, rolled down its windows, and opened fire, striking the rapper four times.
In his memoir, “Compton Street Legends,” Davis identified his nephew, Orlando Anderson, as the person responsible for fatally shooting Tupac. Anderson, a member of the South Side Compton Crips gang, tragically met his own demise in another gang-related shooting in 1998, at the age of 23. It’s worth noting that Anderson consistently denied any involvement in Shakur’s murder and was never formally charged.
One significant factor in the recent arrest is Nevada’s lack of a statute of limitations on prosecuting murder cases. The case of Tupac Shakur’s shooting has remained open, allowing law enforcement to continue their pursuit of justice, even after 27 years.
The recent arrest of Duane “Keefe D” Davis comes on the heels of a July search warrant executed at the Henderson, Nevada, residence of Davis’ wife, Pamela Clemons, as part of the ongoing homicide investigation into Tupac’s murder. During the search, authorities confiscated several computers, laptops, iPads, and a .40 caliber cartridge, with casings matching those found at the crime scene where Tupac was shot.
Greg Kading, a retired LAPD detective who previously investigated Tupac’s death, emphasized the significance of these recent developments, stating:
“The point is it shows Las Vegas PD is proactively investigating. They aren’t letting this fade into obscurity. They don’t want this to go down in history as an unsolved case. They want to close it once and for all.”
The drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur, who sold over 75 million records worldwide during his short-lived career, has long been shrouded in mystery and speculation. While it has been widely suspected that the murder was gang-related, the rapper’s association with the Bloods street gang and a pre-existing altercation with Orlando Anderson on the night of his death have fueled numerous theories.
Tupac’s stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur, expressed the frustration and longing for closure that his family has endured for 27 years. He emphasized the importance of finally delving into the theory surrounding Duane “Keefe D” Davis, which has been circulating for decades.
“This theory hasn’t been looked into for 27 years,” Mopreme Shakur said. “Why? My family’s been traumatized, my sister, my the daughter, my nieces, my nephews, we’ve all been traumatized, waiting. We’ve been waiting for something to happen, for someone to be proactive enough to take action.”
As the case continues to unfold, the world watches with bated breath, hoping that this latest arrest may finally bring closure and justice to the tragic and enduringly unresolved murder of one of hip-hop’s greatest legends, Tupac Shakur.