In an explosive allegation, a former Los Angeles police detective who worked on the investigation into the '96 murder of Tupac Shakur claims the rapper was gunned down at the behest of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs.
In excerpts cited in L.A. Weekly, Greg Kading writes in his book Murder Rap that a Southside Crips gang member named Duane "Keffe D" Davis claims he was paid $1 mil to kill Shakur and his friend, former Death Row CEO Marion "Suge" Knight, at Combs' behest. Combs "took me downstairs," Davis is quoted as saying, "and he's like, 'Man, I want to get rid of them dudes.' "
Kading says that after Shakur was killed in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, Knight paid another gang member to kill Biggie Smalls (Christopher Wallace) in retaliation. (Wallace was killed in March 1997.) Kading says Knight, who was in prison at the time, had one of his lovers, Theresa Swann, set up the hit. Combs calls Kading's claims "pure fiction." Knight has yet to comment.
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