How the rapper has contributed to L.A and how his death has impacted the area
By: Desiree Jamison
After the death of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, Los Angeles has come together to celebrate his life and achievements in his career.
Nipsey Hussle, also known as Ermias Asghedom, was a prominent member of the downtown Los Angeles area. Therefore his death has already had a major impact on the culture of the downtown area. The leader of the Rollin 60s Crips, a gang Hussle was previously associated with, has sparked up a peace treaty between the gangs in L.A. who are willing to celebrate Hussle’s life.
Before his death, the 33-year-old launched a business incubator to give inner city entrepreneurs a chance to better their skills. California’s Representative Karen Bass honored his efforts by making a congressional record to add them to United States history. Meanwhile, City councilman Marqueece Dawson has made a push to change the name of the intersection of Crenshaw blvd. and West Slauson Ave. to “Nipsey Hussle Square” in remembrance of his contributions to the community.
For the thousands of his fans attending, city officials planned a memorial at the Los Angeles Staples Center. At the memorial, his girlfriend of six years, Lauren London, eulogized, “His soul was majestic. He was the strongest man that I ever knew. A gentle father, a patient leader, a divine light.”
Celebrities and fans have given their condolences to London and their child Kross Asghedom along with his family.
Hussle has been an activist in his community to end gang violence and to better the lives of those inhabiting the Los Angeles area, therefore the city has honored him in any way possible to repay the debt owed to Hussle.
The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder, and he was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Authorities say Holder and Hussle were well acquainted. It was reported that they had several conversations that Sunday outside the rapper’s South L.A. clothing store, The Marathon. Holder returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, who was declared dead at a nearby hospital. He also wounded two other bystanders during the attack.
The people of Los Angeles hope that his hard work doesn’t go to waste and will make the area a safer place like Hussle would have wanted and “The marathon will continue.”