Smith posted a photo of herself with the famous rapper in the ’90s. “In this picture,” she wrote, “I’m flanked by two extremely close friends of mine…Tupac and Maxine. They both died tragically not too far apart from one another.”
“Half of my life was surviving a war zone…genocide,” she continued. “I’m grateful for what I have survived… Grateful I didn’t become a statistic like I often thought I would. Grateful that my own children don’t have to confront the loss and violence in their neighborhood in the way their parents had to. But, I also feel helpless, a bit depressed that there are so many of us who still do. And it feels like it’s only gotten and getting worse.”
Tupac died on Sept. 13th, 1996, several days after being shot repeatedly in a drive-by. His murder has still not been solved.