On the 20th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ death, his mother has spoken out about losing her son and accused the Los Angeles Police Department of covering up the unsolved 1997 murder.
Biggie, also know as The Notorious B.I.G. whose real name was Christopher Wallace, is considered one of the most influential rappers of all time, despite dying at 24 in a drive-by shooting.
“I have a very good idea who murdered Christopher and I genuinely believe that the LAPD know exactly who did too,” Violetta Wallace told the Daily Mail about her son. ‘They’ve done their investigation, but they just refuse to move forward. I don’t know why they haven’t arrested who was involved. It seems to me that it’s one giant conspiracy, and someone is definitely being protected somewhere down the line.”
“There’s no closure for me until that murderer is behind bars and sentenced. That may give me some closure to grab onto, but it sure won’t ever bring my son back,” Wallace added.
The LAPD declined to comment.
Biggie Smalls was gunned down on March 9, 1997 in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles after his performance at the Soul Train Awards. He was just 24. Sean Combs, also known as P. Diddy, was traveling in a car behind him.
“It hurts me every single day to know what happened to Christopher and that I won’t see him ever again,” his mother said. “And it’s not just me that is devastated, his sister T’yanna hurts every day because of his loss. As a family, we’ve collectedly grieved and it doesn’t ever get any better for us. Any mother who has lost a child knows exactly the devastation I feel, it’s the worst pain in the world and one that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.”
The unsolved murder case is being tackled both in the television and movie sphere. USA Network has set three stars for its upcoming drama pilot “Unsolved,” which will examine the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Last month, Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine and Jimmi Simpson all joined the series as the real-life detectives investigating the murder.