Rapper’s family sues over murder

Friday, 12 April, 2002, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Rapper’s family sues over murder

The family of US rapper Notorious BIG has sued the city of Los Angeles and current and former police chiefs over his murder, claiming they could have done more to prevent it.

Five years after his death, the singer’s relations launched a civil rights and wrongful death legal case in the LA federal court this week.

The rap star, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, died after being shot outside the Petersen Automotive Museum on 9 March, 1997, after a music industry party.

His death came six months after the death of rival rap star Tupac Shakur and there was speculation the murders were due to a rivalry between record companies.

Death Row Records, which is based on the US west coast, was home to Shakur while Notorious BIG was signed to Bad Boy Records, who are on the east coast.

The legal suit seeks unspecified damages and was filed on behalf of the rapper’s mother, wife, son, daughter, and the daughter’s guardian.

It claims that people closely associated with Death Row Records and a street gang “had consistently exhibited significant animosity” towards Notorious BIG.


It also says the police department should have known of the “atmosphere of violence and alleged criminality”.

Notorious BIG was born in New York in 1972 and first won attention on singer Mary J Blige’s song What’s the 411 in 1992.

He was signed to Bad Boy by its founder, rapper Sean “Puffy” Combs – now known as P Diddy – in 1993 and he became one of the rap world’s biggest stars.

However, his life and career were cut short when he was shot while in his car after the Soul Train Awards.

His funeral was attended by thousands of fans and his wife, singer Faith Evans teamed up with Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, to record I’ll Be Missing You.

The song sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and topped the charts around the world.

Six months earlier Shakur, another rising singer and actor, was gunned down in Las Vegas.

No-one has been arrested for either murder.

Posted by on Apr 12 2002. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply


Search Archive

Search by Date
Search by Category
Search with Google

Photo Gallery

Log in |
  • My Kingdom Come – 2015
  • Hispanic Gangs
  • Homies Figures – The Original Homies
  • Prison Gangs
  • The Inside Man – Confidential Informant, Los Angeles Gangs & the LAPD
  • Email
  • Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment report – 2003
  • Dianne Feinstein Report, The Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act: Combating the Spread of Gang Violence – 2003
  • National Alliance of Gang Investigators 2005
  • L.A. Area Terrorized by Marauding Youngsters
  • Other Cities
  • Three persons were killed by shotgun blast in hotel on Vermont Avenue, 1979
  • Jamiel’s Law, proposed by Mayoral candiate Walter Moore
  • Los Angeles Police Gang Enforcement Initiaitives – 2007
  • Passing of Vincent A Alonso
  • SG Music Group
  • Crip Gangs
  • Bloods
  • Asian Gangs
  • Forums
  • Shop
  • Injunctions
  • contact
  • Resources