1995-11-07 / Qa’id Walker-Teal Death Suit Against Tupac Is Settled

On November 07, 1995, the wrongful death lawsuit against Tupac for the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old Marin City, Calif., boy has been settled after the testimony of just two witnesses.

Attorneys for Tupac and for Ocita Teal of Marin City and Darrell Walker of Texas, parents of victim Qa’id Walker-Teal, declined to divulge the amount of the settlement.The boy was killed in Marin City in 1992 by a bullet fired from a .38-caliber Colt handgun belonging to Tupac.

Tupac’s lawyer, Dennis Cunningham  called the gunshots “legitimate,” saying Harding had fired above the heads of the crowd after being attacked. As for the rapper’s instruction to “get the gun,” Cunningham said, “Whatever Shakur said was in the heat of the moment.”

Cunningham added that the boy’s death was “a ridiculous thing to have happened,” but said, “It is painful for me to think that the mother had nothing but money on her mind” in filing the lawsuit.

Tupac agrees to pay the boy’s parents an amount between $300,000 and $500,000 to settle the case.

Tupac did not attend the trial.

See also: Killing 6-year old Qa’id Walker-Teal in Marine City