Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas on the night of September 7, 1996. Despite being one of the biggest stars of music of all-time, Tupac’s murder is still an unsolved case and his killer has never been brought to justice. The former head of security for Death Row and ex-cop has come forward with a conspiracy theory that the Las Vegas Police Department purposely tried to not solve the murder of Tupac Shakur.
Reggie Wright Jr. is the former security chief for the now-defunct Death Row Records and he was also a Compton police officer. In a new interview, Wright Jr. says that the Las Vegas Police Department did not want to find Tupac’s killer or solve the case.
“They [LVPD] didn’t want to solve that case, they didn’t want to deal with that investigation,” Wright Jr. proclaims in a new interview on VladTV. “Those particular cops. I don’t know about the cops today are doing or DEA today.”
Interviewer DJ Vlad chimes in on a possible reason as to why the Las Vegas Police Department didn’t want to solve 2pac’s murder. “Vegas was trying to do this whole family-friendly kind of thing at the time,” DJ Vlad said.
“You don’t want a shootout with a bunch of black gangstas on the main strip,” DJ Vlad said of the public image that Las Vegas was trying to portray in the mid-90s.
Reggie Wright Jr. said he was bringing Outlawz rappers E.D.I. Mean and Yaki Kadafi to the Compton Police Department to talk to Las Vegas police about Tupac’s murder. Wright Jr. claims that the LVPD was not interested in talking to E.D.I. or Kadafi. The two rappers were ready to identify 2pac’s shooter, but the cops started an argument with the two rappers and nothing came of the meeting.
When the shooting happened, Kadafi and E.D.I. were both in the car behind the 1996 BMW 7 Series that 2pac and Death Row boss Suge Knight were in. Kadafi claims that he saw the white Cadillac pull up alongside the BMW and then opened fire. Kadafi said that he could identify the driver of the Cadillac and the shooter in a police lineup.
Yaki Kadafi, whose birth name is Yafeu Akiyele Fula, was killed less than two months after 2pac’s murder. The Outlaws Immortalz member was shot to death on November 10, 1996, in Orange, New Jersey, at the age of 19.
“I saw four black men roll by in a white Cadillac,” said E.D.I. Mean. “I saw a gun come from the back seat out through the driver’s front window.”
Many people close to the Tupac case believe Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson was Shakur’s murderer. Anderson and Tupac were involved in a physical altercation inside the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas three hours before Shakur’s shooting. Right before the Mike Tyson fight against Bruce Seldon, Tupac’s entourage of Bloods beat up Anderson, who was a Crip.
Many believe that Anderson wanted revenge on Tupac, so they stalked the legendary rapper. There are reports that there were four people in the white Cadillac including Anderson and his uncle Duane “Keefe D” Davis, who was a Southside Crip boss. Tupac’s black BMW is stopped at a red light at East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane.
The Cadillac rolls up on the right side of the black BMW and it is believed Anderson fired 14 shots of .40 caliber rounds into the car with a Glock. Shakur was hit by four bullets, two in the chest that went into his right lung, one in the thigh and one in the arm. Bullet fragments hit Suge in the head. Tupac would die from his gunshot injuries six days later.
Former LAPD detective Greg Kading, who was an investigator on the murder of Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, said he believes Sean “Diddy” Combs put a $1 million bounty to kill Tupac and Suge Knight. He said Keefe D told him that he was offered a bounty by Puffy, the head of Bad Boys Records. This was at the height of the East Coast-West Coast Rap War.
Kading said Keefe D was interrogated by LAPD and they secretly recorded him on an audio recording device that was concealed and hidden. Kading said Keefe D confessed that he handed the gun to Orlando Anderson. Kading detailed Keefe D’s 2008 confession in his 2011 book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases.
Despite Anderson being named a suspect, Las Vegas police only interviewed Orlando one time. Vegas police say they couldn’t build a case against Anderson. Orlando Anderson was shot dead on May 29, 1998, at a Compton car wash. Anderson’s death was said to not be related to Tupac’s death. Police claim that they could not find Tupac’s shooter because the witnesses refused to cooperate with authorities.
“We don’t believe it’s related at this time to the Shakur killing,” Orange Police Capt. Richard Conte said of the murder. “The way the investigation is going, it’s not going in that direction, but it’s still under investigation.”
E.D.I. has another conspiracy theory as to why authorities didn’t seem to be interested in solving the murder of Tupac Shakur. “He was just another black man that had a strong opinion—and now he’s out of the way,” E.D.I. Mean told the Los Angeles Times. Tupac was not shy about his resentment of cops and there were many anti-police lyrics in his songs and some say this was some sort of revenge by law enforcement against Shakur.
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