Rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed Sunday night outside of his Los Angeles clothing store, is being remembered for giving back to his community. Activists, community leaders and neighbors gathered outside the store Monday to mourn. (April 1)
The Los Angeles Police Department has released the name of a suspect in the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Police have identified the suspect as Eric Holder, tweeting, “Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle. He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100.”
Hussle died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Monday.
The rapper’s autopsy was completed Monday and his death was certified a homicide.
Hussle, the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times outside his South Los Angeles apparel store, The Marathon Clothing, around 3:20 p.m. PDT Sunday and pronounced dead at the hospital.
By Monday, hundreds of people had gathered in front of the store to pay their respects. A memorial of candles, flowers and paintings took shape, and some of Hussle’s songs blared through speakers. But after nightfall the crowd grew violent, and a stabbing contributed to a massive stampede, with at least 19 people injured.
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On Tuesday morning Police Chief Michel R. Moore “will address the surge in violence in the city of Los Angeles and there will be an update on the murder investigation of Nipsey Hussle,” according to the LAPD’s website.
Meanwhile, a confab Hussle had requested with the Los Angeles Police Commission on how to stop gang violence, previously set for Monday, is being rescheduled in the rapper’s honor, Steve Soboroff, president of the commission, told NBC News and ABC News. USA TODAY has reached out to the commissioner’s office.
Soboroff revealed earlier Monday that he and Moore had a Monday meeting scheduled with Hussle and Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” he tweeted. “I’m so very sad.”
A native of Crenshaw, Hussle was widely admired for his community-building and investment in local businesses, public schools and in young adults learning coding and other tech skills.
“I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was. He loved us,” film director Ava DuVernay tweeted. “He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die. Rest in Power, King. You mattered.”
Born on Aug. 15, 1985, Hussle said his first passion was music, but getting resources was tough after leaving his mother’s house at 14 to live with his grandmother. He said he got involved in street life as he tried to support himself, and he joined the gang Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips as a teenager.
Nipsey Hussle greets kids at the Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment reveal event on Oct. 22, 2018. in Los Angeles. (Photo: Getty Images for PUMA)
“I grew up in gang culture,” Hussle told The Los Angeles Times in 2018. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”
Contributing: Susan Haas, Carly Mallenbaum, The Associated Press
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