Atlanta remembers Tupac Shakur. Today is the 14th anniversary of his untimely death. Shakur was gunned down by an unknown assailant in a drive by shooting on the Las Vegas strip. As of today, justice still has not been served in the case.
Even before the dawn of social media and at the rise of widespread Internet use, news of his demise spread quickly. Dedicated fans believed that he would pull through. He remained in critical condition even after the loss of his right lung for a full six days in a Nevada hospital and survived a shooting in New York two years prior. But this time the injuries were too great. On September 13, 1996 at approximately 4:03 p.m., Tupac succumbed to cardiac arrest.
Atlanta celebrities and lesser-known residents used Facebook and Twitter to recall where they were when they got the news that the groundbreaking rapper was gone.
Producer D.J. Drama tweeted: “I was on cau [Clark Atlanta University] campus when news broke pac died. People from all over were mournin... He touched the whole world..Murals n every country.. RIP” [sic].
Devon Freeman of Lithonia said he was “at college tripping with my frat brothers listening to the radio.”
Today is a day of remembrance for staff and supporters of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, located in Stone Mountain, GA. The center was founded in 1997 by Shakur’s mother, Afeni, to provide educational and performing arts opportunities for youth.
Vern Cambridge, Office and Building Manager said, "Tupac achieved a lot in a short period of time. We get a lot of stories about how his music helped people. People say that they didn't pick up a book until they realized that Tupac was an avid reader or how his song, "Keep Ya Head Up" helped them get through hard times."
The center held its 5th Annual Memorial Planting on Saturday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
For more information on upcoming events, visit TASF.org.
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