New information has surfaced in the infamous 1996 murder of the legendary Tupac Shakur, allegedly IDing the killer.
In the USA Network docu-series Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G., former Compton Crips gang member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis confesses his involvement in an unearthed taped confession with police, which he agreed to for immunity.
During the taped session, he claims he was in that white Cadillac that pulled up alongside Tupac and Suge Knight’s BMW on the Las Vegas Strip and opened fire.
Before that, however, Keefe D says his nephew Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson was beaten up by Tupac and Death Row Records associates hours earlier at the MGM Grand Casino, following the Mike Tyson fight in September 1996. After the altercation, he, Anderson and two others went looking for retaliation.
If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, Anderson is a rival Crip gang member, who had robbed a Death Row associate of his medallion weeks earlier in Los Angeles. So, when he was spotted in Las Vegas, Pac and other Death Row associates attacked him.
In the white Cadillac, Terrence “T-Brown” Brown was the driver, DeAndre “Dre” Smith was sitting behind him, Keefe D was in the front passenger seat, and Anderson sat behind Keefe D. In the confession, he doesn’t name the actual shooter, referencing the “street code”, but says: “It just came from the backseat bro.” This is odd, being that he alleged that Anderson was the individual who pulled the trigger in previous interviews.
Why is he coming out with all this now? Well, he’s dying from cancer and says he wants the truth to be told. “I was a Compton kingpin, drug dealer, I’m the only one alive who can really tell you the story about the Tupac killing,” Davis explained during a recent BET documentary, Death Row Chronicles. “People have been pursuing me for 20 years, I’m coming out now because I have cancer, and I have nothing else to lose. All I care about now is the truth.”
During his recount of the events that evening, he reveals that if wasn’t for a group of fans, they probably would have never found Tupac that night. He says they drove around looking for the rapper and saw the crowd of fans. “All the chicks was like ‘Tupac’, and he was like, ‘Hey’, like a celebrity, like he was in a parade,” Keefe D said. “If he wouldn’t even have been out the window we would have never have seen him.”
Essentially, if Keefe D’s story is true, Tupac was murdered as payback for the infamous MGM assault of Orlando Anderson that same night.
“Certainly Keffe D and the Southside Crips killed Tupac Shakur. And it is outrageous that Keffe D is not in jail,” Unsolved series creator Kyle Long said during an interview with The Wrap. “In the [Unsolved] finale, when you see why the whole Keffe D thing, how he had immunity and that — long story short, in real life and in the television show, he had immunity to make this confession to the task force.”
Authorities say the murder case of Tupac remains an open investigation, though they are no closer to making any arrests.