Tupac Shakur died after a drive-by shooting on September 13, 1996. The world mourned for a complicated man who has been deemed one of the most influential figures in American rap. But in the 27 years since the artist died, his murder case has never been solved — despite any number of bizarre rumors that have done the rounds. However, a new development may have put us one step closer to finding the culprit.
A telling search warrant
News of this latest twist in Shakur's case naturally spawned headlines across the globe. But while the public was eager to learn more, the authorities remained frustratingly tight-lipped. “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can confirm a search warrant was served in Henderson, Nevada, on July 17, 2023, as part of the ongoing Tupac Shakur homicide investigation,” the police said in a statement.
The first new development in years
Fortunately, investigative reporters were able to discover a little more about what was going on. It turned out that the warrant was to search the home of Duane "Keffe D" Davis. And the interesting thing about that is that Davis' nephew was Orlando Anderson — a previous suspect in the killing of Shakur. Anderson had denied any involvement in the death in 1996 and was himself killed in a "gang shooting" in 1998.
Seizing essential documents
The search warrant stated that the cops were looking for "notes, writings, ledgers, and other handwritten or typed documents concerning television shows, documentaries, YouTube episodes, book manuscripts, and movies concerning the murder of Tupac Shakur." Police wanted things that "tend to show evidence of motive and/or identity of the perpetrator such as photographs and undeveloped film, insurance policies, and letters, address and telephone records, diaries, and other documents, whether such items are written, typed or stored on computer discs."
All eyez on them
Unsurprisingly, it’s a revelation that has garnered significant interest. Not only was Shakur — who, as you surely know, took the stage name 2Pac — one of the most famous hip-hop artists of his generation, but his fame and importance to the genre have also grown since. Shakur’s murder has been the subject of numerous documentaries, all of which have fueled the public’s thirst for information and insights relating to the nature of, and the reason for, the artist’s death.