Los Angeles Councilman Offers $50k For B.I.G. Leads

A city official

in Los Angeles, California hopes a $50,000 reward will provide leads in the

unsolved slaying of rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.

The rapper was

gunned down on March 9, 1997 after leaving a party by VIBE magazine near

the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Councilman Dennis

Zine introduced a measure Friday (April 7), which would double a 1997 measure

that offered a $25,000 reward for tips that will lead to the apprehension of

the person(s) who murdered the superstar rapper.

"I am hopeful

someone will come forward with information which will lead to the eventual apprehension

of the murderers involved in this case," Zine said in a statement.

In January, the

family of the late Notorious B.I.G. was awarded $1.1 million by U.S. District

Judge Florence-Marie Cooper.

The money was paid

to the family by the City of Los Angeles after it was learned the Los Angeles

Police Department intentionally withheld evidence that could have implicated

two rogue LAPD officers during the family's civil lawsuit trial.

Zine has blamed the LAPD, saying sloppy detective work was the reason for the

city's loss.

Last summer, authorities

discovered previously undisclosed statements from an informant who said an LAPD

officer, Rafael Perez, had confessed to participating in the killing with another

officer named David Mack.

A new group of

detectives from the LAPD from the department's robbery-homicide division were

recently assigned to re-investigate the murder of the late Notorious B.I.G.