LAPD Apologizes to Family of Notorious B.I.G.

The release of the graphic details contained in the autopsy report for slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G. were released without Los Angeles Police Detectives first notifying the rapper’s family.

According to CBS News, the family’s lawyer released a statement claiming they were shocked and saddened by the case being brought up again 15 years after the murder took place.

LAPD Captain Billy Hayes explained detectives from the Robbery-Homicide Division had intended to discuss the matter with the family of the rapper, real name Christopher Wallace before the documents were released.

Captain Hayes claimed an administrative error led to the report being released early; he stated the family had been contacted after the released of the autopsy details and given an apology.

“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family [Friday] night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release” Capt. Billy Hayes told the Los Angeles Times today. “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.”

Notorious B.I.G. was killed after an SUV he was travelling in on March 9th 1997 was fired on by an unknown gunman; four bullets entered the body of the rapper with one proving to be fatal. The LAPD hoped new witnesses would come forward following the publicity garnered by the autopsy report release.