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Reported by April Taylor
Eighteen years have passed since the senseless murder of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Tupac was a rapper and actor who has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He rapped about the violence and hardship he experienced in the inner city and also raised the social consciousness of an entire generation by rapping about racism and social problems.
Tupac was shot on September 7, 1996 while leaving a boxing match between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson. He was riding with Death Row Records executive Suge Knight, and although Knight was only grazed by a bullet, Tupac was shot multiple times and died from his injuries on September 13, 1996. A retired Las Vegas police officer named Chris Carroll has come forward to reveal Tupac’s final words. Carroll stated the following in an interview with Vegas Seven:
So I’m looking at Tupac, and he’s trying to yell back at Suge, and I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he’s trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, ‘Who did this? Who shot you?’ And he basically kept ignoring me. And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that. He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘F*ck you.’
Tupac’s murder is still considered an unsolved homicide.