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Duane ‘Keefe D’ charged with the Murder of Tupac after 27years

After 27 years, Duane ‘Keefe D’ has been charged with the Murder of Tupac Shakur.

Nearly three decades after Tupac Shakur was gunned down near the Las Vegas Strip, police announced they arrested Duane “Keffe D” Davis Friday in connection to the fatal drive-by shooting.

The late American rapper, one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop music, died Sept. 13, 1996. He was 25.

Davis was taken into custody Friday morning and charged with murder in Shakur’s killing, police said at a Friday press conference.

Law enforcement officials just held a press conference, revealing Davis gave them a reason to get back on the case in 2018 when he started doing interviews and eventually wrote a book detailing his involvement in the murder. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Jason Johansson added that Davis had spoken to numerous media outlets as well as a Netflix documentary. 

Officials say once they executed the search warrant, they were able to present their new evidence to a grad jury who made the decision to indict Davis with one count of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement.

Police believe Davis obtained the gun that was used from a ‘close associate,’ but declined to give any more details, saying they would come out during the trial.

Davis has spoken openly about being at the scene of the drive-by shooting 27 years ago and admitted handing the murder weapon to a fellow gang member. Davis is the only one who was in the car that night who is still alive.

Shakur was 25 when he was shot four times in the chest on September 7, 1996 in a drive-by shooting on his way to a nightclub in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1996. The 25-year-old was rushed to the hospital and lost a lung before succumbing to his wounds nearly a week after the shooting, on September 13.

On the night of the fatal shooting, Shakur attended a Mike Tyson heavyweight match at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas along with Marion “Suge” Knight, who had signed Shakur to his label Death Row Records in the fall of 1995. 

Later that evening, he was in a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight in a convoy of about 10 cars. They were waiting at a red light when a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and gunfire erupted.

Shakur is widely considered to be one of history’s most talented and influential rappers, with Rolling Stone declaring him one of the 100 greatest artists of all time in 2010. The late rapper was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, honored with a street named after him in Oakland, California, and awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023.

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