After the Los Angeles Times reported their story on the murder of Tupac Shakur in a two part series on Friday, many people in the hip hop community have responded. The article implicates that Christopher Wallace also known as the Notorious BIG had connections in Tupac’s death during their East Coast/ West Coast rivalry. The Times says that Biggie supplied his gun to be used in the actual shooting as well as offering to pay a million dollars to have it done. Along with the statement Biggie’s mom released to the media denying her son had anything to do with the crime, Russell Simmons has issued a statement through his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network challenging the story and alleged facts the LA Times states. Russell Simmons says, “Today’s article … does more to inflame passions and emotions than to clear the air with actual facts concerning the tragic murder of Tupac Shakur … We challenge the following inaccuracies in The Times story:

Christopher G.L. Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) was in Las Vegas on the night of the shooting of Tupac. In fact, Christopher Wallace was at his home in New Jersey on that night as his family and friends have verified.

Christopher (Notorious B.I.G.) Wallace paid money and supplied the weapon for the murder of Tupac. These allegations are inaccurate, untrue and unsubstantiated.

People should not rush to judgment concerning this tragedy based on (reported) inaccuracies. We need healing in our community. Only facts and the real truth will bring ultimate justice and peace.”