Fans across the country and in Las Vegas continue to mourn the death of rapper and community advocate Nipsey Hussle. A group of the valley’s Eritrean community gathered Wednesday night to pay the first of a series of tributes to the slain rapper who inspired many.
Many people told 8 News NOW Hussle was the ultimate mentor, which is why they vowed to do everything they possibly could to keep his memory alive.
The 33-year-old was shot and killed in front of his Los Angeles clothing store Sunday, according to police. Officers said a man Hussle reportedly knew opened fire, killing him and hurting two others.
According to TMZ, the late rapper was at his store getting new clothes for a friend to wear while meeting his family for the first time since being released from a 20-year prison sentence. The friend was reportedly one of three people injured in the shooting — the former convict’s nephew was the third person injured.
Hussle was reportedly very connected to his African roots. Those who share his heritage said they looked up to his efforts to bring his California community together.
“It was more than just music with him,” said Jonathan Mulugeta, a local fan. “He was more of an inspiration to everyone just coming out and doing the best that they can. It was just surreal. A lot of people — we didn’t believe it. Honestly, it was just something that kind of hurt everybody.”
Many young people also told 8 News NOW that they viewed Hussle as a father figure. They said they hope always to spread his light after his death.
The group will hold a candlelight vigil at the valley’s Martin Luther King Jr. statue near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
A vigil is also set to take place at Lorenzi Park near Washington Avenue and Valley View Boulevard on Friday at 6:30 p.m.