One person is dead, and three others are wounded in Los Angelos blocks away from the funeral of the late Nipsey Hussle. The authorities have announced that there seems to be no connection with the shooting and the procession.
Just after 6 pm, a shooting occurred a few streets down from where the main entrance of the funeral was located. The 25-mile procession route had gathered the attention of hundreds and crowds began to grow every hour. According to the LA Times, the gunfire went off in the Watts neighboorhood after the procession passed.
Thursday evening Chief Michel Moore tweeted, “We must stop this senseless violence,” he said. Police, confirmed the victims to be three black males and one black female ranging in ages from 30-50.
The beautiful “Celebration of Life” memorial service at Staples Center, was organized by Nipsey’s family and friends to honor the late rapper. Superstars and speakers took to the stage and celebrated the life and gifts given by the Grammy-nominated musician, who was shot and killed, March at age 33.
Friday a small gathering of Nipsey Hussle’s family and friends attending a private funeral to honor and remember the rapper in his beloved home town of LA. Hussle was laid to rest during an afternoon service at the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.
According to many of the elite and famous, the large and breathtaking cemetery that lays across northern Los Angles right in the middle of Griffith Park and Burbank is the final stop for most Hollywood royalty, including Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Liberace, and David Carradine.
Ermias Asghedom, the birth name of Nipsey Hussle was celebrated for a finale time with a small ceremony- much lower than the 20,000 that gathered the day before. His casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa during the 25- mile finale tour of the city the night before.
Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a friend of Hussle, was the main push that led to the Los Angeles City Council to vote unanimously to rename the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue “Nipsey Hussle Square.”
“His work and impact will never be forgotten, and I am grateful to do a small part to ensure the marathon continues,” Harris-Dawson announced in a heartfelt statement.
That intersection is home to Hussle’s clothing store, and will forever be the place that Nipsey stood strong until he was shot down on the afternoon of March 31. According to recent reports, Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty.