The outpouring of love for Nipsey Hussle is also coming from the Los Angeles City Council where a lawmaker wants an intersection named in honor of the slain rapper.
Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a friend of Hussle’s, is expected to introduce legislation on Friday to rename the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard as “Ermias `Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom Square,” Fox5 reported.
Fans worldwide continue to mourn 33-year-old Hussle, who died outside his Los Angeles clothing store March 31 from gunshot wounds. Many hold Hussle in high esteem for his activism and community service.
Harris-Dawson has said he first met the rapper in 2013 at a rally against gun violence.
“It was 8 in the morning at Crenshaw High School. And here was this guy who I knew had a show the night before. He was there with his daughter,” the lawmaker told the New York Times, praising Hussle for his tireless work ethic.
Meanwhile, tickets quickly sold out on Tuesday morning for a public memorial honoring Hussle. Fans started snapping up the complimentary seats as soon as they became available online. The memorial is set for Thursday morning at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which has a seating capacity of 21,000.
Eric Holder, 29, the man accused of killing Hussle, was arrested last week and charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office. Holder entered a plea of not guilty in court.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Hussle was killed because he was trying to stop 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 prevent youth from getting involved in gangs.
The City Council is expected to adjourn its regular Friday meeting in honor of Hussle. At that same meeting, Harris-Dawson is also expected to introduce the motion to rename the intersection.