Ex-gangster ‘Keefe D’ has confessed to being an accessory to the 1996 murder of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Keefe D’s bombshell confession tape was revealed for the first time in a new Netflix documentary series.
Tupac was 25 years old and at the height of his fame when he was gunned down in a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. The unsolved murder spawned multiple conspiracy theories, blaming rival rapper Biggie Smalls and his record label ‘Bad Boy’, as well as corrupt LAPD officers. One theory even claims that the rapper faked his own death, and is alive and well in Cuba.
It is widely suspected, however, that Tupac’s death was the result of a feud between two Los Angeles street gangs, the Crips and the Bloods. Now, Keefe D claims that it was his nephew, Orlando ‘Baby Lane’ Anderson who ended Tupac’s life. The confession was made in new 10-part Netflix documentary ‘Unsolved, the Tupac and Biggie Murders,’ based on a Los Angeles Police Department probe.
According to Keefe’s story, on the night of his murder, Tupac and Suge Knight – CEO of Bloods-linked Death Row Records – left the MGM Grand after watching a Mike Tyson fight. On the way out they spotted Anderson, a Southside Crips member, and jumped him, with Tupac throwing the first punch.
Later as Tupac hung out the window of his BMW, celebrating and waving at fans on Las Vegas boulevard, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside. Tupac was hit by four .40 caliber rounds: two to the chest, one to the arm, and one to the thigh, and died from his wounds six days later at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Keefe D was riding in the Cadillac, along with Anderson and two other accomplices, Terrence ‘T-Bone’ Brown and DeAndre ‘Dre’ Smith. In a taped interview, given under immunity and made public in the new Netflix documentary, the former gangbanger explained how he passed a gun to Dre, who refused to shoot. Anderson, however, was keen for revenge.
“I gave it to Dre and Dre was like ‘no, no, no’ and Lane was like – popped the dudes,” Keefe D said in the taped confession. “He leaned over and rolled down the window and popped them.”
The confession led police to consider Anderson the prime suspect in the shooting. Anderson denied murdering the rapper, and died in a shootout at a garage in Los Angeles in 1998, before his guilt could be established.
In a separate documentary released several months before Netflix’ new series, Keefe D again mentioned his involvement, but refused to name Anderson as the killer, due to “street code.”
“I was a Compton kingpin, drug dealer, I’m the only one alive who can really tell you story about the Tupac killing,” he said at the time. When asked who fired the fatal shots that night in Las Vegas, however, Keefe D only said, “It just came from the back seat bro.”
Now, Kyle Long, executive producer of ‘Unsolved’ wants the Las Vegas Police Department to investigate Keefe D.
“He went live on television and confessed to being an accessory to murder and the Las Vegas PD, as far as I know, is doing nothing about it,” the producer said. “I just think it’s outrageous.”
Keefe D said that he chose to open up as he now has cancer, and has “nothing else to lose.”
Nobody has been arrested or charged in connection with Tupac’s murder in the 22 years since. The BMW 750 Tupac was shot in was put up for sale in February for just over $1.5 million, fully restored but with one bullet hole still visible.
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