Hollywood Murder Case: Who Killed Tupac Shakur?

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Tupac Shakur died from his wounds six days after being in clinical coma in the hospital. Tupac Amaru Shakur was born onJune 16, 1971 and died on September 13, 1996. He is known by his stage names 2Pac.

Tupac Shakur may be one of the most popular rap icon in Hollywood. But being popular did not make it any easier for his family to know who really killed Tupac Shakur. Instead his notoriety and fracas with the law may have been the reason for the cold shoulder treatment on his case.

Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996. He died from gunshot wounds he sustained in a shooting incident in Las Vegas. Tupac Shakur led a very tumultuous life. Since he became one of Hollywood’s best selling music artist in the world, he had had numerous conflicts with the law. In fact, the shooting incident in Las Vegas which eventually led to his death was not the first shoot-out Tupac Shakur got involved in. In 1994, Tupac Shakur was shot five times and robbed in the lobby in a recording studio in New York City. He survived the incident. But this led Tupac Shakur to suspect that some people in the music industry knew about the crime but was not warned about it. This led to the controversy of the East Cost –West Coast rivalry which was just the start of the many high profile controversies that Tupac Shakur got involved in.

Tupac Shakur was the target of many lawsuits and gained notoriety for his conflicts against the law and the law enforcement. In 1992, after an outdoor concert in California, Tupac Shakur shot his gun 6 times after arguments arose about his concert. Although nobody in the crowd was hit, a Qa’id Walker-Teal, a schoolboy on a bike who was 100 yards away got hit on the forehead and was killed. Tupac Shakur was released without charge. However, a civil case was filed against him by the boy’s mother 3 years after. Tupac Shakur allegedly paid US$ 300,000 to US$ 500,000 as settlement for the case.

In October 1993, varied news reports said Tupac Shakur shot one officer in the buttocks, and the other in the leg or abdomen. It was reported that off-duty police officers , Mark and Scott Whitwell, and two brothers were celebrating a recent passing in the board examinations. As they crossed the street, a passing car with Tupac Shakur inside almost struck them, causing a heated altercation. However, charges on Tupac Shakur and his companions were later dropped by the authorities.

In November 1993, Tupac Shakur and his companions were charged with sexually abusing/ sodomizing a woman in a hotel room. However, Tupac Shakur completely and vehemently denied the charges. He claimed that he had a prior affair with the woman. He was later sentenced to one-and-a-half years in a correctional facility. The court described the crime as an act of brutal violence and abuse to a helpless woman.

In 1994, Tupac Shakur was once again convicted. This time, he was guilty of attacking a former employer while on the set of a music video. He was given a 15-day jail sentence with additional days on a highway work crew, community service, and a US$2,000 fine. 

In 1995, Tupac Shakur was also convicted for sexual assault. He was convicted to be imprisoned for one-and-a-half to four years. He served his term for 11 months and was released after Marion Knight, CEO of Death Row Records, financed the appeal for his case.

The short-lived notorious life of Tupac Shakur ended when he died from fatal gunshot wounds after 6 days in induced coma in the hospital. Reports said that Tupac Shakur came from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He watched a Mike Tyson match with his Death Row entourage.

While leaving the MGM Grand, prior to his murder on the street, Tupac Shakur and his companions had an altercation with Orlando Anderson. Anderson was a member of a rival gang, The Southside Crips. The fiasco was caught by the MGM Grand security video. The man who fought with Shakur Tupac was held for questioning by the police. The man’s name was never gotten by the authorities.

The 10-man Death Row Entourage of Tupac Shakur later drove to Club 662 owned by Marion ‘’Suge’’ Knight. Both Shakur and Surge were riding in a black BMW 750. Club 662 was about 10 blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip at E. Flamingo Road. While on the ride to the club, Tupac Shakur’s rolled the passenger window to allow someone to take his photo at a red light. This was reported to be the last photo of Tupac Shakur before his murder on the street.

On the way to Club 662, the BMW 750 car with Tupac Shakur inside was apprehended by the Las Vegas police. The car had no license plate and for playing the music too loud. The car plate was later found in the trunk. Noticket was issued by the police.

A few minutes after the police apprehension, a white 4-door Cadillac with a California plate number rolled at the passenger side of Tupac Shakur’s BMW. This happened on Flamingo Road, near the intersection of Koval Lane. A witness recounted that tow men got out of the Cadillac and fired 13 rounds from a Glock 40. The gun was shot 13 feet away from where Tupac Shakur was sitting in the BMW. Tupac Shakur was hit on the hip, on his right hand, and a fatally hit on the chest. A witness to the incident said that Tupac Shakur tried to jump to the backseat of the car while being shot. However, Suge held him on his passenger seat. Two of the BMW’s tire was hit in the barrage of gunfire.

Marlon Knight continued to drive west to Las Vegas Boulevard and later stopped near the intersection of Harmon Avenue. The BMW’s car blew up it’s third tire after hitting the median in a heavy traffic on the intersection. Up to 20 policemen arrived at the scene to investigate. After a while, an ambulance came and Tupac Shakur was brought to the University Medical Center where he died 6 days later. Tupac Shakur was heard complaining that he could not breathe while he was whisked to the ambulance.

Despite being one of Hollywood’s high profile personality, Tupac Shakur’s murder case investigation moved slowly. In fact, one of the witnesses, Yafeu Fula, was shot in a New Jersey housing project days after Tupac Shakur was murdered. Strangely, police authorities said that the witness’ murder had no connection with Tupac Shakur’s murder case.There were no leads, no suspects and no arrests after Tupac Shakur’s drive-by murder in Las Vegas.

Police authorities explained that without any witness or lack of evidence, it was hard to solve the case. But Tupac Shakur’s family and friends believed that the Las Vegas police purposely dragged their feet on the murder case. They alleged that the police authorities were never fans of Tupac Shakur because of his altercations with the law involving police officers. His songs also had some lyrics promoting violence against the police.

Tupac Shakur sold 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the top rap artists in Hollywood. But in his death, Tupac Shakur was just another famous gangster who lived a ‘’Thug Life’’ he had tattooed in his stomach. His criminal record association with gang members made Tupac Shakur’s murder just one of those many murders that happen everyday with gangsters. Many believe that in his death, Tupac Shakur became a victim of his reputation and his gangster life. Till today, the big question still remains.

Why was the witness killed days after the drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur?

Who killed Tupac Shakur?

The answers to these questions are yet to be known.


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