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18 years unsolved

Just months after the death of Tupac Shakur, another rap artist was murdered in a drive-by shooting, this time in Los Angeles.

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NOTORIOUS BIG

** FILE ** Notorious B.I.G., who won rap artist and rap single of the year, clutches his awards at the podium during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York, in this Dec. 6, 1995 file photo. The family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. has filed a second wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, alleging that rogue Los Angeles police officers killed him 10 years ago. The lawsuit was filed Monday April 16, 2007 in Superior Court. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Christopher Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, was shot multiple times outside of a party while sitting in his parked SUV. the vehicle was punctured by at least five bullets in the gang-style attack just after midnight.

Wallace was 24 years old.

In 2012, 15 years after his death, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office released the autopsy report. The fatal bullet entered his right hip, ripping through his liver, heart and lung. The others struck his left forearm, back and thigh.

At the time of his death, he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Many believe Wallace's murder was linked to Shakur's, both because of the similarity in their murders and their involvement in the West Coast-East Coast rivalry.

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No arrests were ever made in the case.


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