After 27 years, an arrest has been made in the drive-by shooting that killed iconic rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas. Duane “Keffe D” Davis was apprehended early Friday, though the exact charges were not immediately disclosed, according to sources close to the matter.
Davis, long known to authorities, revealed in his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” and in prior interviews that he was in the vehicle from which the shots were fired on that fateful night in September 1996. Shakur was just 25 when he was murdered.
This arrest followed a police search two months ago at the residence of Davis’s wife in Henderson, where they sought evidence related to Shakur’s murder. They seized multiple items, including a copy of Davis’s memoir in which he detailed his 2010 discussions with federal and local authorities about the incident.
On the night of the shooting, Tupac was in a BMW with Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight when they were attacked by gunmen in a white Cadillac. Shakur succumbed to his injuries a week later.
In 2018, Davis publicly stated during a BET show interview that he was in the Cadillac during the shooting and suggested that his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, was among the shooters. This event followed an altercation at a casino involving Anderson and Shakur. Anderson, who denied involvement, was shot dead in Compton, California, in 1998.
Shakur, at the height of a feud with fellow rapper Biggie Smalls amidst an East Coast-West Coast rivalry, had achieved significant success with his album “All Eyez on Me”. His legacy as one of the most influential rappers remains unparalleled.
Retired detective Greg Kading, who has extensively investigated the Shakur case, expressed that the arrest of Davis was long anticipated. Kading interviewed Davis in 2008 and 2009 during investigations into the murders of both Shakur and Biggie Smalls. He believes recent developments, including Davis’s memoir, have been instrumental in advancing the case.
Kading pointed out that Davis is the only surviving person from the car involved in the attack. With the deaths of the other occupants, including Anderson, Terrence “Bubble Up” Brown, and DeAndre “Freaky” Smith, Davis remains central to the investigation. Given the evidence and Davis’s own admissions, Kading anticipates that Davis might be charged with first-degree murder.
As the case progresses, many hope for long-awaited justice for Tupac Shakur and closure for his loved ones.