Nearly two decades have passed since rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson boxing match, and there still isn’t a resolution to the crime in sight. Even though he was shot four times that night, Tupac held on for another six days before finally passing on September 13, 1996.
In an interview with former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Chris Carroll in the Vegas Seven, a weekly newspaper in Sin City, he has spoke out about that night and had an interesting anecdote that might only build Tupac’s legend.
“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— you,’”Carroll told Vegas Seven. “After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”
So why are these words just coming out now?
“… I didn’t want Tupac to be a martyr or hero because he told the cops ‘F— you.’ I didn’t want to give him that,” Carroll told the publication. “I didn’t want people to say, ‘Even when the chips were down, his life on the line, he still said ‘F— you,’ he still wouldn’t talk to the police.’ I didn’t want him to be a hero for that. And now enough time has passed, well, he’s a martyr anyway; he’s viewed as a hero anyway. My story, at this point, isn’t going to change any of that.”
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