As if losing Nipsey Hussle to street violence wasn’t bad enough, police said they believe there was an attempted murder at a vigil for the late rapper last week.
See the video below from April 2, which was at a vigil for the 33-year-old rapper at His Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. Nineteen people were reportedly injured.
Police claimed this hectic footage showed an attempted murder, according to TMZ. A “surveillance system [that] captured the events leading up to, and after the attempted murder of unknown Victim,” the affidavit said. “The Marathon store has been involved in numerous investigation where surveillance video has been deleted by staff/management, prior to police arrival.”
That said, afterward the shooting the LAPD claimed there was no evidence of gunshots.
No report on who was the target of the attempted murder.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Hussle was killed because he was trying to stop the gang violence in Los Angeles. However, CNN.com reported the shooting was a personal dispute and while Los Angeles police Chief Michel 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.” Moore also said 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.
Soboroff told ABC News, “We’re talking about programs to help underserved kids, to keep kids out of gangs. And this was his idea. 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.
It is quite possible Hussle’s death will create change for the youth in his hometown of South Central Los Angeles. There was a unity meeting with gang members on Friday, when rival gang leaders came together for a Nipsey Hussle vigil.
The man accused of shooting Hussle is 29-year-old Eric Holder. He was arrested April 2 in Bellflower, California, which is located in southeast Los Angeles.
Rest in power, Nipsey Hussle.