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Notorious B.I.G. Apology From LAPD Compounds Family’s Pain

B.I.G. Autopsy Report: Family Wants More Facts From LAPD

A Notorious B.I.G. apology from the LAPD this week after a leak revealed never-before disclosed details about the murder of 24-year-old Christopher Wallace has unsurprisingly done little to placate a family that have been waiting for the better part of two decades to see some sort of justice in the much lauded hip-hop legend’s tragic death.

The Notorious B.I.G. apology came after the rapper’s autopsy details were leaked to (of all sources) celebrity gossip site TMZ — perhaps not exactly the place you’d want to be the bearer of bad news if you were Mrs. B.I.G. While the brand’s wide reach means that the department’s stated goal of gathering new information on the case makes it a plausible choice, the newly revived interest in the case also came as a shock to Big’s surviving relatives — probably including his now-young-adult kids who are old enough to see the information online without the courtesy of a sit-down from authorities or family members.

And it seems the Notorious B.I.G. apology from the LAPD is just one in a series of unintentional slaps in the face to the mother, wife, and daughter of the slain star in the two decades since he passed. LAPD Robbery-Homicide head Captain Billy Hayes admits that the department planned to talk to the Big clan before the release but didn’t get around to it:

“Robbery-Homicide Division detectives had intended to notify Mr. Wallace’s family prior to releasing the report … Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family [Friday] night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release. Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case.”

After the release, the rapper’s family again hoped aloud for new information to be released in the murder, and lawyer for the Wallace family Perry Sanders Jr. spoke with disgust about how the murder has been handled by the department, who he says claims that cops have known for years who killed Big but still inexplicably fail to act:

“I’ve been advised by the homicide detective that was in charge of the investigation and is no longer with the department that the crime has been solved for several years now … This was confirmed by at least one other person who is currently on the force, and it is ridiculous that an arrest has not been made for a crime that’s allegedly been solved for several years.”

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Sanders even dropped a civil suit two years ago in the case in order to allow the investigation to continue and says of the Notorious B.I.G. apology:

“In no way shape or form is this about civil litigation … This is about the criminal justice system and it functioning properly.”

It seems that the Notorious B.I.G. apology and bungled autopsy leak is just another misstep in a case that has sadly failed to produce any sort of closure for the family of the slain rap genius, but fans can hope that this latest series of mistakes may once and for all shine a light on a murder that should long since have been solved and that people remember anew that the man who shot down a 24-year-old legend in public in a crowded part of L.A. walks free to this day.

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15 Responses to “Notorious B.I.G. Apology From LAPD Compounds Family’s Pain”

  1. Pamela Becker-Diaz

    Not to be rude, but they still have not solved the death of TuPac Shakur either, in fact I do believe his case was on the list first. Although I am sorry for the loss of both families the fact remains that the greatest lyrical master of all time was also murdered, I see no one talking about his death or how the police have fumbled that mess of a case.

  2. Aaron Hogue

    He was a rapper…. that is all… the death of Biggie has been treated like one of the great mysteries and tragedies of our time, when this is not at all the case. With a documented history of drug dealing, violence and all around douchebaggery are we really any worse off without him? I love TuPac but the exact same could be said for him as well. With the lifestyles they led, it was a matter of time before they were wacked. everyone knew it….including them.

  3. Michael Ritchey

    It was the anniversary of his death this weekend. That's why the attention. Nothing to see here. Neither case will ever be solved in the public.

  4. Anonymous

    So let me guess this straight: They can decipher as to how he died in regards to where the bullets struck, but they cannot decipher as to who was responsible? This is useless information considering 15 years later authorities have not been responsible for even figuring out the deaths of either rapper, considerably Tupac Shakur who was shot to death in front of hundreds of individuals.

  5. David White

    I think it is despicable how neither of these RIDICULOUSLY high profile cases was solved. I blame LAPD and Las Vegas authorities for just sweeping it under the "carpet". Sad

  6. Sam Williams

    Tupac was shot in Las Vegas so thats a LVPD case and not a LAPD case. I get what you're saying about it not being solved but its two different police departments, plus Suge and others refused to give information whereas in Bigs case they had credible info and case should have been closed

  7. Dustin Driver

    It's been 15 years. You're pretty liberal with your use of "Two Decades".

  8. Jonathan Castellano

    They just did, it was announced on the news before that the Murderers of Tupac were part of an East Coast/West Coast Gang and died in result of a shooting from other Gangs.

  9. Matthew Kubis

    This is one of the many ways that convinces me our society is so corrupt. You people are so good at solving murders but you can't find out who killed the two biggest Rap Stars. Especially 2 Pac in vegas…Really? I honestly do believe there is an illuminate, especially all the garbage rap that is out today. These men changed peoples lives, there was much more to 2 Pac if you did research. he was a VERY intelligent man, troubled in his younger years but changed a lot. The rap industry hated it, he turned down millions to do what he though was right. Now all these rappers these days just poison our children's life and claim to life a life they never lived.

    one of 2pac's best songs…listen to it if you like rap or not…"Resist the temptation".

  10. Anonymous

    R.I.P. to B.I.G. and to the many other talented Hip Hop artists who have been slain. My condolences to the families of these artists, who at the end of the day are somebody's children, husbands, fathers and friends. Sadly, not a lot of people realize how much talent has been lost, and how we as fans have been robbed of great music in our culture. Hip Hop is the last true great American musical genre (I'm not saying it's the "best" but it's the most recent, original art form that this country has brewed, that's all). I can only hope that the younger generation of artists can look at cases like B.I.G.'s and Tupac's and learn not to make the same mistakes.

  11. Jason Douglas

    Nowadays everybody want to talk like they got somethin to say.
    But nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish.
    And motherfuckers act like they forgot about Dre.
    Nowadays everybody want to talk like they got somethin to say.
    But nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish.
    And motherfuckers act like they forgot about Dre.

  12. Marshall Castersen

    Live by the sword die by the sword.
    I think biggie got what was coming.
    Should of never came back to the west after tupac was shot.
    I dont really care either way , but people in california are nuts.
    He must of had a death wish of something.