One of the last people to see Nipsey Hussle alive is speaking out. A man named Herman Douglas, who claimed to be the late rapper’s business partner, was shedding some light on the rapper’s final moments.
“Me and Nipsey was talking, and the dude that shot him (Eric Holder), he came and shook our hands,” Douglas told the Los Angeles Times. Said he was a rapper and this old bulls**t. Shook our hands, the dude went and got his burger. He left.”
Douglas also added, “What seems to be a less talented rapper had envy and hate in his eyes. It was nothing else. It was no motive. It was no beef.”
Douglas said he went inside the Marathon Clothing store to get some food, which is when 29-year-old Holder returned. “So, I might have left Nipsey’s side maybe three seconds,” Douglas said. “I left him maybe, approximately three seconds that I had left Nipsey and the dude came and shot him.”
Holder was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He was found in Bellflower, California, which is located in southeast Los Angeles.
While Douglas said there was no motive or beef, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore implied there was a feud. Moore “declined to elaborate on the feud between the two, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize any potential prosecution, but he said the suspect approached Nipsey and others multiple times, engaging them in conversation,” CNN.com reported. Moore did say the dispute does not appear gang-related.
While Hussle was associated with gangs, he appeared to be distancing himself from that life. Shortly before his death, he was talking with Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, about how to avoid youth from getting involved in gangs.
“We’re talking about programs to help underserved kids, to keep kids out of gangs. And this was his idea,” Soboroff told ABC News. “We’ve been working on this meeting for three months. How I wish it would have been on Saturday.”
Based on a tweet by Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore, Nipsey Hussle was one of 26 people killed in across the city in the last week.
Rest in power, Nipsey Hussle.