Real Name: Tupac Shakur
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 7, 1996
Details: Tupac Shakur was a prolific musician and actor with four platinum albums. He was very well liked, very intelligent, charismatic and caring to his friends but he could not stay away from the street gang culture and that might have cost him his life. Arrested eight times between 1991 and 1995, he had also done eight months in jail for rape. In 1994, he was shot five times and left for dead but survived. His criminal lifestyle was going to kill him, and his best friends feared he'd never live to see his twenty-fifth birthday. In 1996, Tupac attended the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match with Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Tupac's recording studio. They were accompanied by unarmed bodyguards and musicians, but as they headed to Suge's nightclub in his black BMV, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at an intersection and opened fire. Suge drove for help at a nearby casino, but Tupac didn't make it; he died six days later from five gunshots to the chest. Despite thousands of witnesses, no one came forward except Yafeu Fula, one of Tupac's back-up singers. He said he could identify the gunman, but after a brief interview, the police sent him home. Two months later, he was gunned down in a stairwell of a housing project. Many believe this was to keep him from speaking to the police.
Suspects: Three hours before the shooting, a camera at the MGM Grand caught Tupac and Suge with their entourage beating up an alleged member of the South Side Crips street gang. Some believe the shooting was in retaliation for the attack. Others believe the shooting was connected to a heated rivalry between Tupac and East Coast rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs. Tupac blamed Puffy for the 1994 attack that nearly killed him.
Extra Notes: This segment originally ran on the March 14, 1997 episode. The murder of Tupac Shakur has also been rumored to be linked to the murder of Biggie Smalls, but as yet, no evidence to actually tie the murders together has been found.