Dozens of people gathered Thursday night for a vigil in honor of rapper and community advocate Nipsey Hussle. It was held at the MLK statue located near the intersection of Carey and MLK in North Las Vegas.
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.
Eric R. Holder Jr., the man charged with Hussle’s death, was ordered held on $5 million bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder charges.
Holder, 29, is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store.
Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, had several conversations throughout the day Sunday before Holder eventually returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, authorities allege. No additional details about motive were released during Thursday’s hearing.
Holder is being represented by famed attorney Christopher Darden. Darden, who gained nationwide fame as part of the prosecution team at O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial, argued before the hearing against allowing media outlets to shoot photos and video in the courtroom, saying that the prosecution has not established with certainty that they have the right person, and publicizing his image would interfere with Holder getting a fair trial.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney argued that identity will not be an issue in the case, and said that Holder’s photo had already been widely spread during the hunt for him.
Sullivan ruled that the cameras could remain.
Before his death, Hussle was engaged to actress Lauren London, with whom he had a 2-year-old son. He had another daughter from a previous relationship.
He was a beloved figure in the community that he was seeking to rebuild starting with his clothing store, among his fellow entertainers, and with public officials who praised his philanthropy and advocacy.
Hussle had success in hip-hop’s inner circles for 10 years through his mixtapes, then last year he broke big with his major-label debut album, “Victory Lap,” which was nominated for a Grammy.
The California State Senate adjourned in his honor on Thursday.
“He was a manifestation, from my perspective, of the American dream, even the California dream,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Democrat from Los Angeles. “He represents a new generation of entertainer turned activist turned entrepreneur,” she said, noting his activism on police brutality and gun violence.