Here we go again
“Who murdered Tupac?” is becoming an increasingly vexing question. Bringing up the topic can send any group of hip-hop connoisseurs and conversationalists down a spiraling rabbit hole of what-ifs. Even so, the question has yet to be answered.
Even as major players put their research skills to the test, Tupac’s murderer was never even close to being caught. Television network USA produced Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G, but barely found any new information to add to the conversation. Then, there’s A&E’s documentary Who Killed Tupac?, which (up until now) has offered little new insight as well.
Since the late ’90s, authorities and fans alike have been trying to figure out who shot Pac that fateful night.
Now, about 20 years after the fact, there’s been a new development in the rapper’s murder case. Through their research, A&E producers uncovered a police document revealing that a murder weapon was actually found back in the ’90s. Why wasn’t this evidence front and center this whole time? Well…
According to the documents uncovered by the docu-series’ producers, a .40 caliber Glock — supposedly “found” in a citizen’s backyard — was reported to police officers shortly after the murder. Compton PD reports show that the gun was logged on May 30, 1998.
The weapon stayed there until 2000 — the year the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. took over Compton PD. After the merger, over three thousand confiscated firearms were transferred to the LASD. Tupac’s alleged murder weapon was one of the three thousand.
The Glock wasn’t brought up again until 2006. Deputy T. Brennan, who was looking into Biggie’s murder at the time, came across the paperwork for the murder evidence. After he noticed that the address of the citizen who claimed to have found the gun in their backyard in ’90s matched the address of the house of a Crip member’s girlfriend, red flags went up.
Brennan ordered ballistic testing, proving that the gun was used to kill Tupac. Instead of the gun being transferred to Vegas — the city Tupac was killed in — a federal prosecutor assigned to the case suggested it stay put, thinking that transferring it would alert conspirators.
Eerily, neither LASD nor LVPD know where the firearm is today.
Two Decades Ago
The 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death seemed to have awakened a sleeping giant. Since 2016, Tupac has been featured regularly in headlines.
In October, the car Tupac was shot to death in went up for auction. A luxury car dealer called Celebrity Cars Las Vegas was selling the BMW that Tupac was riding in when he was murdered on the Las Vegas strip. The bullet-riddled 7-series was up for sale on eBay, with a hefty $1.5 million price tag attached to it.
“This is the actual car that Tupac Shakur was shot while riding in after a Fight at the MGM in Las Vegas. It was driven by Suge Knight and originally leased by Death Row Records,” the eBay ad read. “This is the first time this car has ever been up for sale or on display since his death in 1996. It has been completely restored to the condition it was in before his death and has just received a new coat of paint.”
The ad went on to say that though the car has had several different owners since the ’90s, the last one decided to actually fix it. Though, it did not say who the previous owners were or why they were splitting with their own slice of history.
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