In a significant development, Duane Davis, known as Keefe D, a South Side Compton Crips gang member, has been arrested in connection with the 1996 murder of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur.
Arrested on September 29, Keefe D faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon and was denied bail by a judge. Mark DiGiacomo, chief deputy district attorney of Clark County, identified Keefe D as the individual who "ordered the death" of Tupac, serving as the on-ground commander during the tragic incident.
This arrest follows a July search warrant executed at Keefe D's residence, focusing on electronic devices. A grand jury had been reviewing evidence for months, leading to the recent charges. Keefe D, who had previously discussed the shooting extensively, is also the uncle of Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, the suspected shooter who was killed in 1998.
Tupac Shakur, shot multiple times on September 7, 1996, passed away a week later, leaving an indelible mark on the hip-hop community.
Keefe D's involvement emerged in 2018 when he admitted to being one of the Cadillac's passengers during the shooting. He is now the last living witness, having spoken to investigators in 2010, as revealed in his memoir, "Compton Street Legend." Speculation and rumors have surrounded Tupac's murder for decades, with connections drawn to the Notorious B.I.G.'s death six months later.
Greg Kading, a retired detective involved in the investigation, stated that Keefe D's admissions have now made the case prosecutable, placing him "squarely in the middle of the conspiracy."
As the hip-hop world awaits further developments, this arrest marks a significant step toward resolving the longstanding mystery surrounding Tupac Shakur's tragic demise.