first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesA judge ordered the city to pay $1.1 million in legal fees and other expenses to the rapper’s family. A new trial was set for early next year. There was no new evidence that prompted the formation of the task force. But evidence discovered by the detectives could help the city in its argument against the family’s claims. B.I.G., whose given name was Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, while leaving a party at a Los Angeles museum. The New York rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1990s. The investigative team is exploring the theory that Wallace was killed by a member of the Southside Crips gang as part of a hip-hop feud that involved the slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas six months earlier. The investigators also are pursuing allegations that Wallace was killed by a member of the Bloods gang hired by Marion “Suge” Knight, the owner of Shakur’s record label. Knight has denied any involvement in the killing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A task force of six veteran homicide detectives has been assembled to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious B.I.G. The task force was confirmed Monday by Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. She did not have additional details. The new probe comes in the face of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the rapper’s mother, Violetta Wallace, and other relatives, who say rogue police officers were involved in the killing. The lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial last year when it was discovered that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to two former officers. last_img read more