Davidson, a white middle-aged state trooper's wife, has spent the past 20 years raising her two children in this tiny Texas town where country music rules the airwaves and John Wayne's portrait hangs on the wall of the local cafe.
Shakur--a nationally known black rapper and actor who will star opposite Janet Jackson in director John Singleton's upcoming film "Poetic Justice"--grew up on the mean streets of New York, Baltimore and Oakland, reared by a family of militant Black Panthers.
Yet on the night of April 11, their lives became entwined in tragedy.
Davidson blames Shakur's music for the death of her husband, Bill, a Texas state trooper, who was gunned down during a routine traffic stop on a highway near here. The officer was shot by Ronald Ray Howard, a 19-year-old eighth grade dropout who said he was listening at the time to a tape of Shakur's violence-laced "2PACALYPSE NOW" album.
Police recovered a homemade copy of the album--which has sold an estimated 400,000 units since its release last fall by Interscope Records and Time Warner--from the tape deck of Howard's stolen vehicle after the shooting.
"There isn't a doubt in my mind that my husband would still be alive if Tupac hadn't written these violent, anti-police songs and the companies involved hadn't published and put them out on the street," said Davidson, tugging at her husband's wedding band, which dangled from a gold chain around her neck.
"I'm sure Tupac has no feeling for me or what happened to my husband. He obviously has a great anger toward law enforcement. All he cares about is singing his songs and making his money, no matter who he hurts."
Shakur is being silent.
Representatives for him and his record label, Los Angeles-based Interscope Records, deny Davidson's allegations. The 21-year-old Oakland rapper turned down dozens of requests to be interviewed in connection with this article.
The entertainer, however, may soon have to speak in court.
There is a strong likelihood that Shakur will be subpoenaed to testify at Howard's upcoming criminal trial, scheduled to convene in Austin, Tex., on March 15, sources said. Howard's attorneys are expected to cite the music's influence as a mitigating factor in the crime during the penalty phase of the trial.
In addition, the rapper is the target of a multimillion-dollar product liability suit filed by the widow accusing him and the companies that market his album with gross negligence in manufacturing and distributing music that incites "imminent lawless action."
"I believe this kind of music can have a definite influence on people's behavior," said the 43-year-old widow in her first interview since her husband's death. "Ron Howard may have pulled the trigger, but I think Tupac, Interscope and Time Warner share in the guilt for Bill's death and they ought to take responsibility for their actions."
The lawsuit is not Shakur's first brush with the legal system.
Like the characters he raps about and portrays on film, the Bronx native is no stranger to violence or scuffles with police.
His mother, Shakur's press biography says, was a member of the militant Black Panther Party at the time of his birth and his father was shot to death shortly after his release from prison, though the circumstances aren't explained.
Tupac's godfather is former Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, who was convicted of murdering a Santa Monica woman in 1972 and is currently serving a life sentence at Tehachapi State Prison.
Two months before Davidson filed her suit against the rapper, a dispute at an outdoor festival in Marin City, Calif., involving Shakur and his entourage erupted in gunfire, causing the accidental killing of a 6-year-old boy who was riding his bike nearby. The case is still under investigation by the Marin County district attorney.