Suge Knight Says He Knows Who Killed Tupac Shakur

Former Death Row head says he was the real target.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The murder of Tupac Shakur is one of the most notorious unsolved celebrity crimes. Over 20 years later, the man who was with the rapper on the night of September 7th—former Death Row Records head Marion "Suge" Knight—says that he knows who is behind the murder. 

According to the Daily Mail, Suge (who is currently incarcerated and awaiting a separate murder trial) claims that he was the real target in the drive-by shooting that killed Tupac. He points to his ex-wife, Sharitha, and former Death Row Records security chief, Reggie Wright Jr.,  as the culprits behind the murder. "Knight has known for many years that Reggie Wright Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight," writes the mogul's attorney, Thaddeus Culpepper, in a signed affidavit.

Back in 1996, the Las Vegas Sun reported that a white Cadillac with four men pulled up next to Tupac and Suge on East Flamingo Road at Koval Lane. A gunman fired with a semiautomatic pistol into the passenger side and hit the rapper four times. Suge was lightly injured from bullet fragments.

The Daily Mail points out that Suge has has chosen to speak out now following the release of the documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton (based on the book, Tupac 187: The Red Knight). The film's co-director, Richard Bond, says that Suge was presented theories about the shooting (from the book) and he admitted they were true.

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole, who worked on the original Tupac case, came to this conclusion years ago. In a 2015 interview with VicePoole says that Sharitha and Wright Jr.'s motive was to ultimately control Death Row Records. "Suge wasn't divorced yet and if he died in that hit, she'd get most of everything," he said. "So she went to Wright Jr., who was in charge of Death Row and ran it while Suge was in prison. He adds, "[Wright Jr.] has gotten away with it this whole time."

There have been multiple theories around the death of Tupac Shakur, involving everything from gang members to the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud and even Suge himself. Read more about the theories here.

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