Las Vegas Police Clarify Status of Tupac Case After TV Interview With Suspect's Uncle
The LVMPD says that Tupac's unsolved murder "remains an open homicide case" despite claims made by the uncle of a suspect in a BET interview.
Former gang member Keffe D (born Duane Keith Davis) recently claimed in an episode of BET's Death Row Chronicles docuseries that he knows who killed Tupac more than 20 years ago in Las Vegas.
Though Keffe D wouldn't reveal the person's identity because of "street code," he didn't deny that his late nephew and former suspect Orlando Anderson could have fired the four bullets that killed Tupac. Tupac was shot multiple times on Sept. 7, 1996, and died at age 25 a week later due to complications from his injuries.
According to Keffe D, the fatal shots came from the back of his car, where Anderson and another friend were seated.
"People have been pursuing me for 20 years. I'm coming out now because I have cancer, and I have nothing else to lose," Keffe D said of his decision to speak out on the BET show, which aired earlier this year. "All I care about now is the truth."
In previous interviews with police, Keffe D has claimed Anderson was the shooter. Prior to his death, Anderson denied being the gunman.
Keffe D's revelations caused fans to create a change.org petition urging the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to seek justice in Tupac's murder. Officials say the shooting "remains an open homicide case."
"We are aware of the statements made in a BET interview regarding the Tupac case. As a result of those statements, we have spent the last several months reviewing the case in its entirety," the LVMPD said in a statement, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Various reports that an arrest warrant is about to be submitted are inaccurate. This case still remains an open homicide case."