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Man Arrested by Las Vegas Police in Connection to Tupac Shakur’s 1996 Murder

Police in Las Vegas have charged a man with the death of rapper Tupac Shakur over three decades ago.

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In 1996, the hip-hop legend was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. His assailant’s identity has remained unknown.

A grand jury in Nevada indicted Duane “Keffe D” Davis on one count of murder with a deadly weapon on Friday.

Shakur was only 25 at the time of his death.

According to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, Prosecutor Marc DiaGiacomo, Mr Davis was the “on-ground, on-site commander” who “ordered the death” of Shakur.

Mr Davis, 60, was arrested this morning while walking near his home, according to the prosecution.

Shakur died on September 13, 1996, just a week after being shot four times in his automobile while stopped at a red light.

The demise of the legendary hip-hop rapper has sparked the creation of multiple films.

Radio host Mike Muse, responding to news of the arrest, told ABC News: “Tupac was a prolific rapper, poet, actor… his lyrics today still serve such a blueprint to culture and society.

“This is why his death has always loomed over us for so long; over what actually happened to him.”

The rapper was involved in a battle with rap competitor Biggie Smalls at the time of his death, who was shot and killed six months later in March 1997.

During the mid-1990s, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry defined hip-hop.

Shakur was signed to Death Row Records in Los Angeles, while Smalls was with Bad Boy Records in New York City.

The altercation erupted after Shakur was shot during a robbery in a New York City hotel lobby. Shakur accused Smalls of knowing about the shooting ahead of time.

In 1991, Shakur, whose stage name was stylized as 2Pac, released his debut album.

He sold over 75 million records worldwide and had chart success with songs such as California Love, All Eyez On Me, and Changes.

He also found success acting in films like Juice, Poetic Justice, Above The Rim, Gridlock’d and Gang Related.

In June this year the rapper received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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