On the 20th Anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ Death, Questions About His Murder Are Unanswered
The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of the Notorious B.I.G., otherwise known as Biggie Smalls. Like the murder of his rival Tupac Shakur, no one has ever been arrested for his murder.
Biggie Smalls was killed on March 9, 1997, while he was a passenger in a parked Chevy Suburban on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The assassin reportedly wore a bow-tie and he fired four bullets into Smalls during the drive-by shooting. The GECO bullets are extremely rare 9mm ammunition that are only made in Europe and available for sale only in shops in New Jersey and California. GECO bullets are renowned for their ability to pierce metal.
The assassination of Smalls was another battle in the East Coast and West Coast rap war that also took the life of Shakur just six months before, in 1996. Although investigators consistently interviewed those who may have had information about the shooting, no answers were forthcoming, even after the FBI got involved.
The drive-by assasintation was the culmination of the war between East Coast and West Coast rappers, a feud that many believe resulted in the murder of Tupac Shakur, Biggie’s rival, six months before.
Smalls’ mother, Voletta Wallace, says she knows who killed her son. She said that both she and LAPD detectives know the identity of the killer, but there is an ongoing ‘conspiracy’ that has prevented it from being solved. A source told DailyMail.com that Biggie was not really the unintended target of the shooting.
Biggie Smalls is the stage name of Christopher Wallace, who is a native of the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant. Wallace was born on May 21, 1972. Voletta Wallace was an immigrant from Jamaica who taught school. Biggie’s father left when he was just a kid. Biggie soon started selling crack at the young age of 12 years old.