Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service will take place today, he was fatally shot in South Los Angeles at the age of 33.
The Celebration of Life and Legacy ceremony will be held for Hussle at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles — a venue that holds 21,000 people. The service, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., will be free to California residents.
After the ceremony, Nipsey Hussle’s funeral procession will give the rapper a chance to take one last victory lap around his beloved neighborhood. The procession will cover a 25.5-mile path and will wind its way through Inglewood, South Los Angeles and Watts.
Rolling street closures will be implemented along the funeral procession route, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The route will start in Exposition Park, going by USC, make its way by Hussle’s childhood home, pass by The Marathon Clothing store, and end at the Angelus Funeral Home.
Sources close to Nipsey Hussle said since the arena only fits 21,000 people, his family wanted to make sure the community he loved so dearly would get a chance to pay their respects. Jay-Z’s music streaming network, TIDAL will also offer a live-stream of the memorial for members and non-members available at TIDAL.com/NipseyHussle.
Family, friends and fans of the celebrated rapper, entrepreneur and community activist are preparing to say their final goodbyes. More traffic delays and congestion than usual in and around downtown Los Angeles and South Los Angeles are expected as the city prepares for the event.
Police have arrested Eric Holder, 29 and officially charged him with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a release from the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office.
Holder entered a plea of not guilty and could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison if convicted. Holder has hired defense attorney Chris Darden, who was famously apart of the prosecution team in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, to handle his case.
Hussle was gunned down on Sunday afternoon in front of his Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon Clothing Company. Two other men were also shot, though they survived their injuries.
At a press conference, LAPD Chief Michel R. Moore described a personal dispute between Holder and Hussle, alleging that Holder showed up in front of Hussle’s clothing store multiple times before shooting him.
“Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there,” Moore said. “He left and subsequently came back armed with a handgun and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.”
Hussle, 33, died from gunshot wounds of both the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed on Monday. “Paramedics were called and [Hussle who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom] was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.,” the coroner said, in a statement.
On Monday night, the day after Hussle was fatally shot, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement asking the public to aid in their search for Holder.
“On March 31, 2019 around 3:20 p.m. three male adults were standing in front of a business in a strip mall in the 3400 block of West Slauson Blvd. The suspect walked up to the men and fired numerous shots at them. The victims were struck and fell to the ground,” read the statement.
“The suspect ran southbound through an adjacent valley to a waiting vehicle. The suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle is a 2016 Chevy Cruze, white four doors, CA license plate 7RJD742. The vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.”
That same night, mass chaos broke out at a vigil for Hussle when multiple people were injured on site. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department stated on Monday that at least 19 people were transported to hospitals after Hussle’s memorial, where hundreds of people had gathered to mourn the loss of the rapper and activist, who was a beloved figure in his community and the music world at large.
In the time since Hussle’s death, many have mourned the rapper on social media, including his friends, family, and fans.
On Tuesday, his girlfriend Lauren London spoke out about the loss of her longtime love in a statement shared on Instagram.
“I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul,” the actress, 33, wrote. “We are lost without you babe — I have no words.”
Among the photos shared, London included a sweet image of Hussle throwing their 2½-year-old son Kross in the air. London also posted a selfie of Hussle and Kross. It was the first time the actress had shared a photo of their son’s face.
Visit TIDAL.com/NipseyHussle to view his memorial service.