Who is Duane Davis, arrested for Tupac Shakur murder?
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In this Monday evening, July 17, 2023 image taken from police body camera video provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas police SWAT officers, some carrying shields, while entering a home in the nearby city of Henderson, Nev., in connection with the 1997 killing of rapper Tupac Shakur near the Las Vegas Strip. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP). Inset left: Pat Johnson/MediaPunch /IPX. Inset right: Duane “Keefe D” Davis, via Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP

Police say a known gang member’s own public comments revived the investigation into the murder of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur more than two decades after he was gunned down on the Las Vegas strip.

Authorities accuse Duane “Keefe D” Davis of ordering his nephew to kill Shakur in 1996. Davis faces a charge of murder with use of a deadly weapon with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang. Davis is a member of the South Side Compton Crips, based in Compton, California.

“Duane Davis was the shot-caller for this group of individuals that committed this crime and he orchestrated the plan that was carried out to commit this crime,” Jason Johansson, homicide lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, said during a Sept. 29 press conference.

LVMPD executed a search warrant at Davis’s Las Vegas home on July 17. He lives there with his wife, Paula Clemons.

On September 7, 1996, Davis was with Terrence Brown, Deandre Smith, and his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, in Las Vegas. Shakur and record producer Marion “Suge” Knight, who were affiliated with a rival gang, were also in Vegas. The groups encountered one another at the MGM Grand casino following the Mike Tyson fight and there was a brawl.

Shakur and Knight left the casino with their entourage. They were in a BMW, driven by Knight, waiting at a red light near the strip when a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and someone inside opened fire. Shakur was shot multiple times and died a week later.

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