Sad news to report. Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on the afternoon of March 31, 2019, outside of a clothing store he owned. He was only 33-years-old.
Nipsey Hustle, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was reportedly gunned down in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles in front of his clothing store, the Marathon Store. Witnesses claim he was shot six times and paramedics were working on him at the scene, where he was unresponsive.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, “At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased. We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available.”
Late last night, the LAPD tweeted out help for locating the suspect, “The suspect in the shooting is described as a male black & LAPD South Bureau Homicide is conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved. You can expect the area of Slauson & Crenshaw to be impacted by streets closures & heavy traffic for several hours.”
Earlier on Sunday, Nipsey final tweet was that having “strong enemies” was a blessing.
While Nipsey has been linked to the Los Angeles gang the Crips, the Grammy-nominated rapper had been a staple in his Crenshaw community, buying up store fronts to revitalize the area and provide a much-needed economic boost in the area. See the video below of him talking about bridging the gap in tech spaces and inner city communities.
According to CNN, Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who represents the southern part of the city, released a powerful statement about the tragic killing of Hussle, “Ermias Asghedom, known to us as the hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many. Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”
Fans from all over the world have took to social media to send love and light to the rapper, his partner Lauren London and his family. London and Hussle had a child together on August 31, 2016. He also had a daughter from a previous relationship named Emani.
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