August 06, 1997
Tupac Shakur's Father Testifies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tupac Shakur's mother had trouble
controlling her anger during testimony by the rapper's father
about their relationship in the days before Shakur was slain.
Shakur's father, William Garland, testified Tuesday that the
rapper gave him a photograph signed, "To pops, tell my
family to come see me."
Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, claims Garland didn't see his
son for 18 years and doesn't deserve any part of the rapper's
estate. Garland said he didn't see his son until recent years
because his mother took him away and moved around like a
After being heard shouting at her attorney in the hallway, Ms.
Shakur explained, "I'm the only person in here who lost
somebody. (Garland) don't even know my son's birthday."
Shakur died Sept. 15, 1996, five days after being shot in Las
Vegas. The two parents are making their claims for his estate,
valued at several hundred thousand dollars, in a nonjury trial
that is to resume next month.