New Information Emerges in Notorious B.I.G. Murder
By Sarah Crow Posted Jan 7th 2011 01:45PM
CNN reports that a task force consisting of local and national law enforcement officials has been assembled to further investigate the rapper's 1997 murder.
Wallace, a hometown hero in his native Brooklyn, was shot four times in the chest by an as-of-yet unidentified gunman while leaving an afterparty for the Soul Train Awards. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Since his death, rumors have abounded regarding both the identity of Biggie's killer and the motive behind the fatal shooting. The prevalent theory has remained that the shooting came about as a retaliation for Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 murder in Las Vegas.
Former LAPD detective Russell Poole, who was involved in the 1997 investigation, maintains the belief that Wallace's murder was ordered by Death Row Records' co-founder and former CEO, Marion "Suge" Knight.
"Suge Knight ordered the hit," says Poole, alleging that David Mack, a former LAPD officer, was the one who fired the fatal shots.
Wallace has been the subject of a number of conspiracy theories by die-hard fans, due to the seemingly prophetic album titles 'Ready to Die' and the posthumously released 'Life After Death.'
Similar speculation has been made about Shakur, who has been "spotted" around the world since his murder, including making a supposed pit-stop for drinks in New Orleans as recently as 2009.
Despite the bad blood between Wallace and Shakur during the height of the East Coast-West Coast feud, the rappers' mothers, Voletta Wallace and Afeni Shakur, joined one another on stage at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, where they denounced the culture of violence that their sons fell victim to.
Voletta Wallace told AllHipHop,"All I want, all I ever wanted, is justice for my son's death. All I ever wanted was the truth. And that's not asking too much."
Since his death, Biggie has been a major influence on pop culture. He is the subject of the 2002 documentary 'Biggie and Tupac' and 2009's 'Notorious.' His work has been quoted and sampled by artists, including Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Usher.
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