Duane “Keffe D” Davis arrested for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur

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New Arrest In The 1996 Murder Of Tupac Shakur

Las Vegas, Nevada – In a startling twist to a decades-old mystery, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, one of the last living witnesses to the fatal drive-by shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, has been charged with the long-unsolved 1996 murder. This unexpected breakthrough comes after 27 years of investigation, bringing new hope to resolving the case that has fascinated the public.

Davis, now 60 years old, has been charged with one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon along with a gang enhancement. A Nevada grand jury handed down the indictment, marking a significant development in the case that had long frustrated investigators.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill emphasized the importance of the case, dispelling any notions that it wasn’t a priority for law enforcement. “Our goal was always to hold those responsible for Tupac’s violent murder accountable,” he declared during a press conference.

Jason Johansson, homicide lieutenant in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, described Davis as the leader and shot-caller of the South Side Compton Crips, a gang involved in an ongoing feud. Davis allegedly ordered the murder of Shakur, who was associated with the Mob Piru gang in Compton.

The arrest of Duane “Keffe D” Davis took place during a morning walk near his home. Davis had previously admitted his presence in the Cadillac during the September 1996 drive-by shooting, a revelation that gained further attention following a 2018 interview he gave to BET.

The shooting occurred as Tupac Shakur and Marion “Suge” Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, were waiting at a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. A white Cadillac pulled up next to them, and gunshots were fired from the back seat, fatally wounding Shakur. The incident was allegedly retaliation for a conflict between two rival gangs based in Compton, which escalated following a casino brawl earlier in the evening.

Davis’ arrest raises questions about why the case is moving forward now, after more than two decades. It appears that his public admissions regarding the crime and his tell-all memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” played a pivotal role in reinvigorating the investigation. Davis’s memoir detailed his involvement in Tupac’s killing, stating that he spoke to authorities in exchange for leniency on drug charges.

The timing of this arrest brings some closure to a case that has remained unsolved for nearly three decades. Davis is the last living witness among those in the vehicle from which the shots were fired, and his arrest may finally lead to justice for Tupac Shakur. The rapper’s murder has been a long-standing enigma in the world of music and pop culture, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.



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