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2pac Dead or Alive?

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The world has always been filled with certain unknowns and conspiracies that keep people debating between whether or not these unknowns are fact or fiction. History has proved that there are several occurrences that have sprouted questions within the mind. Did we really land on the moon in 1969? Did an alien spacecraft crash in New Mexico? What is going on at Area 51? There is one conspiracy that continually demands answers, especially amongst teenagers. It revolves around a man that affects most teenagers directly because of his influence through his music. The controversy in question is whether or not Tupac Amaru Shakur truly died from a shooting.

Tupac Amaru Shakur was one of the most famous rap legends. He fell in love with rap when he was fifteen years old. His first CD was made in November of 1991, and he continued making them until he was tragically shot and "killed" on September 13, 1996. He was leaving a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, and when he was stopped at a light, a man in a white Cadillac pulled up and shot him. Tupac was badly wounded in numerous places, and the ambulance soon rushed him to the hospital. He was pronounced "dead" a few hours later.

In what seems like a clear murder case, there are aspects that do not realistically correlate. First is the issue of Suge Knigh who is the executive producer of Death Row Records, the label that Tupac resided under. Suge was driving the car that Tupac was shot in. Being this close to scene, it is reasonable to think that he saw the incident. His observations would be more useful and valid than any other person. However, Suge was not testified in his murder trial, a witness that would seemingly be most important.

There was an interview with Suge on ABC and he was asked, "If you knew who killed Tupac, would you tell the police?" Suge answered "Absolutely not." Such an answer leaves us to question why Suge would not tell the truth. It would seem likely that Suge would want justice to a murder who killed his friend.

It is also important to note that Tupac always wore a bulletproof vest because being shot previously forced him to be more careful. At the Tyson fight, Suge supposedly told Tupac that he would be safe to take his vest off. Ironically, he was shot hours later. The vest could have saved his life. Did Suge know there would be a shooting?

There were twelve shots fired at the car. Why wasn't Suge hit once? He is six feet three inches and 335 pounds and Tupac was five feet nine inches and closer to 150 pounds, how come he was only "Grazed" by one bullet? Could Suge have been apart of it? Could he have set Tupac up? Suge is the executive producer of Death Row Records. With Tupac dead, the profits go to him. Is that reason enough for Suge to have Tupac shot?

The suspicions behind Suge's involvement are not the only things that seem bizarre. The entire situation during the night of Tupac's shooting seemed odd. There were a couple cars filled with Tupac's entourage directly behind the car that Tupac was riding in. The entourage was a group of Tupac's friends. One would assume that they were friends that would be willing to protect Tupac, especially, Tupac's bodyguard. So when the shooter in the white Cadillac finished shooting at Tupac, it is particularly speculative that no one sought to figure out who the murderer was shortly after the incident. The murder took place in Las Vegas, which is adjacent to a huge desert. Why was it so easy for the assailants to get away?

There was only one witness to the shooting. His name was Yafeu Fula and he was found shot to death on November 10th in a hallway of an apartment building in East Orange, NJ. First, it is not likely that there would only be one witness to a drive by shooting in one of the busiest cities in the world, especially after a Mike Tyson fight that tens of thousands of people attended. One would think that there would be a good chance of there being more people around when the shooting took place. Secondly, it is peculiar that the one person that witnessed the whole scandal was shot to death less than two months later.

Another question relates to the monetary benefits from the murder. There is a $72 million life insurance policy that has not been cashed. It has been seven years since his death and someone still has not collected this money. This

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