LAS VEGAS, USA – In a significant development surrounding one of the most notorious cold cases in hip-hop history, a Nevada man, the last known surviving suspect linked to the 1996 murder of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, has been arrested.
Law enforcement insiders revealed the arrest to The Trent on Friday, September 29, 2023.
Duane Keith Davis, 60, widely known in certain circles as “Keefy D” or “Keffe D,” is now in custody. Specific charges to be leveled against him remain undisclosed.
A forthcoming news conference has been announced for 3:30 p.m. ET by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
The conference will provide clarity on the arrest and its implications on the Shakur murder case, as per an official police statement.
The unsolved case revolves around the drive-by shooting on Sept. 7, 1996, in Las Vegas that grievously injured 25-year-old Shakur. He succumbed to his injuries six days later, on Sept. 13.
Of the speculated quartet present in the car from which Shakur was attacked, Davis remains the only one still alive. Orlando Anderson, the alleged shooter and Davis’ nephew, was later killed in a 1998 gang-related shooting in Los Angeles.
In connection with the Shakur investigation, a search warrant was executed at Davis’s residence near Las Vegas on July 17. Authorities were on the hunt for laptops and other electronic equipment.
The tragic event occurred while Shakur and his crew were in Las Vegas, attending a heavyweight match featuring Mike Tyson and Bruce Sheldon.
Following the event, the rapper’s entourage was intercepted near East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. A Cadillac then pulled up beside them, from which a barrage of bullets was unleashed, gravely injuring Shakur.
Reflecting on that fateful night, retired LVMPD Lt. Chris Carroll, who interacted with Shakur moments after the shooting, shared with KSNV, “I ended up pulling Tupac out of the car. He was still breathing.”
Carroll, who was a sergeant at the time, recalls his fleeting exchange with the injured rapper. “I asked him who shot him, what happened? And his response was the now notorious words ‘F-U.’”
Less than half a year post Shakur’s demise, another rap legend, Christopher Wallace, popularly known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, faced a similar fate in Los Angeles.
The murder of Biggie, which took place on March 9, 1997, also remains unsolved. Speculations have long hinted at a connection between the two assassinations, suggesting a deep-seated rivalry.
This is an ongoing investigation. Updates will follow.