Real Name: Tupac Shakur
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 7, 1996
Details: Tupac Shakur was a prolific rapper with four platinum albums before he was gunned down on September 7th, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was very well liked, very intelligent, charismatic and loyal to friends, but he was involved in dangerous gang activity. Tupac was arrested eight times in the early and mid-90's and served an eight-month jail stint for rape during that time as well. In 1994, he was shot five times but survived. His concerned friends worried his gang lifestyle would kill him before he reached his twenty-fifth birthday.
Tupac attended the Las Vegas, Nevada Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match on September 7th, 1996 with Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Tupac's recording studio. The pair were accompanied by unarmed bodyguards as they headed to Suge's nearby nightclub in his black BMW after the match that night. While on the drive to the club, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside Knight's BMW and shot Tupac Shakur. Suge Knight drove for help at a nearby casino as Tupac remained bloodied and injured next to him. Shakur died six days later from five gunshot wounds to the chest.
Despite thousands of witnesses, only ONE individual came forward: Yafeu Fula, one of Tupac's back-up singers. Fula initially stated that he knew the identify the gunman, but police sent him home after they interviewed him for a short time. Two months later, Fula was shot to death in a stairwell of a housing project. Many believed this was an effort to silence him forever.
Tupac Shakur's killer is still unknown.
Suspects: Three hours before the shooting, a camera at the MGM Grand caught Tupac and his entourage beat up an alleged member of the South Side Crips street gang. Some believed the shooting was in retaliation for the attack. Others believed 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.
Results: Unresolved. 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.
Orlando Anderson was the gang member that was beaten up by Tupac and his friends on the night of the murder. Anderson was considered a prime suspect in this case; then, in 1998, he was also killed in an unrelated shooting. Witnesses stated that around the time of the murder, Anderson was carrying a gun that was the same type of weapon that killed Tupac. However, there was never enough evidence to charge him in the case.
In 2011, former detective Greg Kading released a book about Tupac's murder. He claims that Anderson's uncle, Duane Davis, told him that Anderson had shot and killed Tupac. Davis was apparently in the white Cadillac with Anderson when he killed Tupac. Davis also told Kading that he was hired and Anderson were hired by Sean "Puffy" Combs to kill Tupac. Despite these new allegations, no one has been charged in Tupac's murder.
- Tupac Shakur at Unsolved.com
- Tupac Shakur on Wikipedia
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- Rapper Tupac Shakur, 25, Dies 6 Days After Ambush
- Possible Suspect in Tupac Shakur Death Killed in Shootout
- Who Killed Tupac Shakur? (Los Angeles Times)
- Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. Murders and ex-LA Times Reporter Chuck Philips: A Timeline
- Yafeu Fula at Find a Grave