More than 15 years after Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, one of music’s most famous homicides remains unsolved, but police officials have released the slain rapper’s autopsy report hoping to generate new leads.
The Los Angeles Police Department unsealed the report, which had been on a security hold, on Friday, revealing the graphic details of how the Brooklyn-bred rapper, born Christopher Wallace, died in March 1997.
But as The Times' L.A. Now blog reported in its coverage of the autopsy report's release, the LAPD has released no new information about the investigation, and it's still unclear whether the release was prompted by new leads on the unsolved slaying. Wallace’s relatives, who have long been critical of the LAPD, said they hope authorities release more information.
"What legitimate lead could be stimulated by releasing an autopsy that says 'Mr. Wallace was shot,' when everyone knows that? Why don't they release some of the clues they have?" Perry Sanders Jr., a civil rights attorney who represents Wallace's mother and other relatives, told Times reporter Richard Winton.