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Witness to Rapper's Killing Is Shot to Death

November 14, 1996

A member of Tupac Shakur's entourage who witnessed the rapper's slaying was found shot to death in New Jersey, creating another roadblock for Las Vegas homicide detectives.

Yafeu Fula, 19, was shot once in the head and found slumped in the third-floor hallway of a housing project about 3:48 a.m. Sunday in Orange, N.J., Orange Police Capt. Richard Conte said Wednesday.

Fula was a member of Shakur's backup group, the Outlaws Immortalz, who toured with Shakur. He was sitting with bodyguards in the car behind Shakur's when the rapper was shot Sept. 7 in Las Vegas. Fula was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he died Sunday afternoon, Conte said.

"It just kind of adds to our frustration of this whole investigation," homicide Sgt. Kevin Manning said.

Shakur, one of rap's most successful and notorious singers, was shot near the Las Vegas Strip after the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match. He was in a car driven by Marion "Suge" Knight, the head of Shakur's record company, Death Row Records, when another car pulled up and its occupants opened fire. Shakur received multiple gunshot wounds and died six days later. Knight was grazed in the incident.

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