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Keffe D" Davis Charged With Murder in Tupac Shakur's 1996 Shooting

Updated: Feb 29

Justice for 2PAC Shakur

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson speaks during a news conference on an indictment in the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson revealed that Davis was officially indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Clark County. He faces one count of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon, and a gang enhancement has been added to the charge. In the upcoming days, the suspect is expected to make an appearance in court to address these charges.

Tupac Shakur, the renowned hip-hop artist, was tragically shot on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries six days later while in the hospital, at the young age of 25.

At a press conference, Las Vegas police homicide Lieutenant Jason Johansson stated, "Duane Davis was the key figure in this group of individuals responsible for the crime," highlighting that he orchestrated the plan that ultimately unfolded.

Davis himself has openly acknowledged his involvement in interviews and even detailed his role in his 2019 memoir, "Compton Street Legend." He revealed that he supplied the firearm used in the drive-by shooting.

Sekyiwa 'Set' Shakur, the sister of Tupac and President of The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, took to Instagram on Friday to share her thoughts following the news of the arrest. She described this development as a "moment of great significance."

In her statement, she emphasized the enduring silence over the past 27 years regarding this case and its profound impact on their community. Sekyiwa stressed the importance of global recognition for the loss of her brother, who was not only a significant artist but also a beloved family member.

She went on to express her family's pursuit of justice for her brother, underlining that his life and untimely death should not be forgotten or left unresolved. While acknowledging the significance of the arrest, she remained cautious, stating that she would reserve judgment until all the facts and legal proceedings unfold. Sekyiwa highlighted the complexity surrounding her brother's life and the circumstances of his passing, indicating their commitment to seeking justice on all fronts.

It's worth noting that Duane "Keffe D" Davis claims to be one of two living witnesses, alongside former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, to the Las Vegas shooting that claimed the life of the iconic rapper, as detailed in a police-released search warrant.

Officials revealed on Friday that Duane "Keffe D" Davis' public statements played a pivotal role in reigniting the investigation.

At the age of 60, Davis was taken into custody early Friday while he was out for a walk in the vicinity of his residence on the outskirts of Las Vegas. This arrest came shortly before prosecutors announced in court that a Nevada grand jury had issued an indictment against the self-proclaimed "gangster." He now faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon and is scheduled to appear in court in the upcoming week.

Furthermore, the grand jury's decision included a sentencing enhancement related to gang activity, potentially adding an extra 20 years to his sentence if he is found guilty.


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