After 15 years, no arrests, and no leads, the autopsy report of the late Christopher Wallace, whom we grew to love as the Notorious B.I.G was released on Friday by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Though its release may bring the case a step closer to trial, The family of the former Bad Boy rapper was not pleased with the report’s rapid release without warning. For more details, click the jump.
The Los Angeles Police Department has a released a formal apology to the Wallace family for the “premature” release of B.I.G.’s autopsy report without granting them fair warning prior to its release, according to the Los Angeles Times.
LAPD released a statement saying the report was released prematurely due to an “administrative error”, and that the “Robbery-Homicide detectives had intended to notify Mr. Wallace’s family prior to releasing the report.”
As we all remember, Wallace was shot four times in a drive-by shooting by an unidentified driver after a VIBE Magazine party in Los Angeles. And though it has been a lengthy 15 years, LAPD used the approval of the release “as an investigative tool, in the hopes that releasing the report would stimulate additional interest or bring forth witnesses or clues in the case.”
Captain Billy Hayes, head of the division investigating the shooting told the Los Angeles Times that the LAPD detectives personally called the Wallace family on Friday evening and apologized for the early release of the document. “Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case.”
It’s shocking that after so many years and mourning the loss of one of the greatest rappers of all time, the world still has no answers. We will continue to keep the Wallace family in our prayers and hope that this is one step closer for justice being served.
[Shouts to Rolling Stone]