Celebrities Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle Killed Outside His South L.A. Store
Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle / TWITTER

Celebrities Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle Killed in Los Angeles

UPDATE: April 2, 2019

The Los Angeles Police Department has released the name and photo of the suspect wanted for the homicide of Nipsey Hussle:

ORIGINAL STORY: Published April 1, 2019

LeBron James, Ava DuVernay, Rihanna, John Legend and many other celebrities and activists are taking to social media while mourning the death of Nipsey Hussle.  A Grammy-nominated rapper and entrepreneur who believed in uplifting his community by investing in STEM education, Nipsey was a victim of gun violence.

The 33-year-old was shot multiple times outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Two other men were shot. A suspect, a Black male in his 20s, fled the scene in a getaway car, and remains at large. Nipsey, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He had tweeted hours prior to his death:

According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement sources said they believe the killer is someone the rap star knew and the motive is likely personal in nature, rather than a larger gang feud.

Nipsey was actually scheduled to meet with the city’s police chief and the president of the police commission Monday afternoon to talk about ways to stop children from becoming involved in gangs. As a teen, he was a member of the Rollin’ 60s, a notorious Crips gang clique. But he turned his life around and focused on efforts to support his community.

Police are now hunting for his killer.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Sunday night that his death is another loss to “senseless gun violence”:

The murder occurred in view of a nearby surveillance camera. The footage was obtained by TMZ. The actual shooting is difficult to see as it’s from a distance. But at one point you see the victim fall to the ground while others scatter.

Nipsey’s 10-plus-year rap career was fueled through his underground mixtapes. In 2013, he sold copies of his CD “Crenshaw” for $100 each at a pop-up shop in Los Angeles. Jay Z bought 100 copies.

He released his first studio album, “Victory Lap,” last year. It earned him a 2019 Grammy nomination, but he lost out to Cardi B.

Nipsey, from the Crenshaw area of L.A., was in a five-year relationship with model and actress Lauren London. The couple shared a young son, Kross. Nipsey also had a daughter, Emani Asghedom.

He was co-owner of the Marathon Clothing label, which sports Crenshaw logos. Nipsey opened his first standalone Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles in 2017.

The recording artist also invested his money into educational business programs to help the community.

He opened Vector 90, an innovative co-working space and STEM center in Crenshaw, in February. He desired to help provide a path for minority and underrepresented groups to find opportunities in Silicon Valley.

Activist Michael Skolnik tweeted:

Nipsey was also a community partner for Destination Crenshaw, a new outdoor arts and culture and music event that celebrates Black Los Angeles.

The outpouring of respect for him continues on social media:

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