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27 years later: why is there now so much attention to the murder of 2Pac?


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It has now been 27 years since the hip-hop world was shocked by the sudden death of 2Pac. For a long time, it seemed that the murder case would never be solved until the American police reopened the case in July this year. Nearly two months later, Duane Keith Davis, better known as Keefe D, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in 2Pac’s murder. Is there finally a breakthrough in the much-discussed case that continues to concern fans to this day?

Few murder cases have spawned as many crazy conspiracy theories as 2Pac’s. One of the most common theories is that the rapper faked his own death to ultimately live in peace in another country. It has been thought for years that he is hiding in Cuba. Diddy is also said to have offered one million dollars to eliminate both 2Pac and Death Row boss Suge Knight amid the ‘East Coast-West Coast beef’. Another theory is that The Notorious BIG would have taken revenge on 2Pac because the Changes rapper would have slept with his then-wife Faith Evans. Most theories have now been debunked, but many still believe that the big brawl that preceded his death had something to do with it.

On September 7, 1996, Pac was shot during a drive-by. Just hours before the shooting, the hip-hop legend attended a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a group of friends, including Suge Knight. After the match, 2Pac and his entourage are on their way to the hotel exit, where an altercation ensues between the rapper and Orlando Anderson, a the infamous South Side Compton Crips gang member. The altercation escalates and turns into a major physical confrontation.

After security at the MGM Grand intervenes, Pac and Knight leave the hotel in a black BMW. Knight drives the car while 2Pac sits next to him. At a traffic light near the Las Vegas Strip, a white Cadillac with four occupants comes to a stop next to the BMW. About fourteen bullets are fired from the back seat. Four of them hit 2Pac, and one hits Suge Knight in the head. Pac is admitted to The University Of Nevada Medical Center in critical condition and succumbs to his injuries on September 13.

Immediately after the shooting, the police do everything they can to find the perpetrators. But more than a year after 2Pac’s death, the case appears to be turning cold due to a lack of new clues and witnesses unwilling to testify. Even Suge Knight says he wouldn’t want to talk to the police if he knew who committed the murder.

Shortly after the death of the hip-hop legend, a suspect comes to the attention of the police. He is only interrogated once and is killed in a shooting in 1998 at the age of 23. Two other occupants of the white Cadillac also died due to gang violence. That brings us to the only living occupant, Keefe D. The 60-year-old gang member is a so-called kingpin (leader) of the South Side Compton Crips and is also the uncle of the deceased Anderson.

As early as 2011, former detective Greg Kading announced in American media that Keefe D was allegedly involved in the murder of 2Pac. Conversations he had with Keefe D as a detective allegedly revealed that the gang leader, together with Diddy, had made plans to kill 2Pac. In 2018, Keefe D went public with his story and announced to the world that he was involved in the murder of 2Pac. In the years that followed, he gave several interviews in which he talked in detail about the shooting in question. For example, in an interview with DJ Vlad, he even claims that he gave his nephew the firearm with which 2pac was murdered.

Nothing was done with Keefe D’s confessions for a long time until the news emerged in early July that the 2Pac murder case was being revived. Authorities in the US state of Nevada are conducting a search in the city of Henderson. The home appears to belong to Keefe’s wife, Paula Clemons. During the raid, several computers, a cell phone, a hard drive, a Vibe magazine with 2Pac on the front, multiple .40-caliber bullets, two boxes of photos, and a copy of Keefe D’s 2019 memoir, Compton Street Legend, are taken. confiscated.

In August, it was announced that the police would have sufficient evidence to make an arrest in the long-running case in the short term. Last week, the time had finally come: Las Vegas police finally arrested Keefe D on suspicion of involvement in the murder of 2Pac. Last Wednesday, he was arraigned for the first time in Las Vegas. His lawyer successfully argued for a postponement of the defence, resulting in his client not having to appear in court again until October 19.

For now, we have to wait and see how the case develops further, but the arrest of Keefe D is the biggest development so far in the still unsolved murder case. If the Crips leader is found guilty, it will finally bring an end to the case, as well as the wild conspiracy theories that are still circulating.

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