Thu. Jul 9th, 2020

Family of Nipsey Hussle Gather for Private Funeral, After Public Service Ended With 1 Killed And Many Injured

Nipsey Hussle’s family and friends gathered Friday for a private funeral on a day when the slain rapper was also honored by his hometown of Los Angeles.


Hussle was buried at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills in an afternoon service.


The sprawling cemetery in northern Los Angeles between Griffith Park and Burbank is, as the name would suggest, the final resting place of much Hollywood royalty, including Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Liberace and David Carradine.

The small ceremony stood in contrast to a huge celebration a day earlier to honor the 33-year-old Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom. About 20,000 people flocked to the public memorial for Hussle a day earlier at Staples Center.


Afterward, thousands more lined the streets as the recently anointed hometown hero, his casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, embarked on a 25-mile tour of the city.


Earlier Friday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to rename the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue “Nipsey Hussle Square.”


Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a friend of Hussle’s, proposed the move.


“His work and impact will never be forgotten and I am grateful to do a small part to ensure the marathon continues,” Harris-Dawson said in a statement, using what has become a popular phrase in remembrance of the rapper.


The South Los Angeles intersection is home to Hussle’s clothing store, The Marathon. He was standing outside it when he was fatally shot March 31.


Hussle recently purchased the strip mall where The Marathon is located and planned to redevelop it, part of his broader ambitions to remake his childhood neighborhood and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger.


Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty. Police have said Holder and Hussle had several interactions the day of the shooting and have described it as being the result of a personal dispute.


Also, in an earlier public service, during the processional, 1 was shot and killed and others injured in the end of a truly thug lifestyle.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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