Could there be a break in the case involving the decades-old killing of Tupac Shakur?
That appeared to be the case when Las Vegas authorities confirmed they served a search warrant this week concerning Shakur’s murder, which occurred nearly 27 years ago.
The search warrant was executed in nearby Henderson, Nevada, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
A department spokesperson said he could not provide further details on this development, including whether the warrant was served at a home or business, due to it remaining an open investigation.
There is no statute of limitations in Nevada for prosecuting homicide cases.
Shakur, perhaps the most influential figure in Hip-hop history, was shot on Sept. 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting at a Las Vegas intersection. He passed away six days later at a local hospital at 25.
At the time, news of the prolific rapper and actor’s death reverberated worldwide. In Shakur’s obituary, New York Times music critic Jon Pareles referred to the slain rapper as “a complex and sometimes contradictory figure” who was “an intelligent, vivid writer” and “an accomplished rapper with a husky baritone and crisp enunciation.”
For decades, the details surrounding Shakur’s murder have been shrouded in mystery. The case was relentlessly chronicled in numerous documentaries, movies and books and has been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
Still, his influence remains indelible whether in Hip-hop, pop, film, or the world in general.
In 2012, Hip-hop stars Snoop and Dr. Dre “resurrected” Shakur as a hologram for a Coachella performance featuring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar sampled Shakur in songs.
In June, the six-time Grammy-nominated artist was posthumously honored with a star along the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
In a 2016 NPR interview, writer Kevin Powell said this about Shakur: “When we think about Tupac Shakur …in America and globally, you have to think about Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bob Marley,” Powell says. “It’s that significant. He is one of the most important figures that we’ve seen in the last 25 years or so.”