A man named Duane “Keffe D” Davis has been arrested by the Las Vegas police for his alleged involvement in the 1996 drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur. The arrest comes occurring 27 years after the rapper’s demise. Sources indicate that Davis is expected to face a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
Davis, who openly claimed to witness the incident, is now facing a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. His arrest brings new momentum to a case that has remained open due to Nevada’s absence of a statute of limitations for murder.
Davis asserted in his memoir that his nephew, Orlando Anderson, was the one who fatally shot Tupac. Anderson, a member of the South Side Compton Crips gang, passed away in 1998 from a separate gang-related incident and was never formally charged in connection with Shakur’s murder.
The recent arrest of Davis has reignited the investigation, with law enforcement executing a search warrant at his wife Pamela Clemons’ home. Authorities seized computers, laptops, iPads, and a .40 caliber cartridge, similar to those found at the crime scene.
Retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who had previously investigated Tupac’s death, expressed excitement about the breakthrough. According to Kading, Davis provided the weapon and actively sought out Tupac with his nephew.
“Davis gave the gun to his nephew, who was in the car with them, and collectively, they went out and intended to shoot Tupac. He provided the gun, his nephew did the shooting, so they are all equally guilty under solicitation for murder,” Kading said, according to CNN.
The arrest signals a significant development in officially closing the case that has lingered for nearly three decades. Las Vegas Metro Police Department officials are planning to hold a news conference later Friday, the network reported.
Despite the high-profile nature of Tupac’s murder, no witnesses came forward at the time. Speculation has surrounded the incident, linking it to possible gang involvement, given Tupac’s association with the Bloods street gang.
Mopreme Shakur, the late rapper’s stepbrother, voiced frustration over the decades-long delay in investigating Davis. He questioned why this theory had not been thoroughly explored earlier, emphasizing the emotional toll it has taken on the Shakur family.
Tupac Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, left an indelible mark on the music industry, selling over 75 million records worldwide during his brief yet impactful career.