New Details Surface Surrounding Nipsey Hussle's Murder
There have been numerous developments following the passing of Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 30th). According to The Blast, Nipsey’s death was officially ruled a homicide after investigators determined that the rapper died from multiple gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Medical Examiners concluded that based on Nipsey’s autopsy, he died from "gunshot wounds of the head and torso." It was also revealed that his recorded time of death was 3:55 p.m. PST. He was 33-years-old.
In honor of the rapper, who heavily impacted his community in Los Angeles, a candlelight vigil was held in front of his Marathon Clothing store Monday night (April 1st). However, according to Rap-Up, during the memorial, an incident occurred causing multiple people to be trampled. At least one person was reportedly stabbed and was transported to a local hospital, while others were injured from the stampede. It has been reported that shots were fired, but Los Angeles Police Dept. spokesman, Josh Rubenstein, told the Los Angeles Times that no shots were fired, despite prior reports stating otherwise. The LAPD tweeted, "Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil. Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order."
CBS LA later reported that six people were allegedly stabbed.
A candlelight vigil was also held in NYC, thanks to Dave East and rapper/activist, Mysonne. Music was played and candles were held in honor of Nipsey.
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In other news, while the cause of the shooting is currently unclear, police may have gained a lead. A law enforcement source told the New York Daily News that LAPD homicide detectives have a suspect in mind and that it is someone Nipsey knew. The shooter is believed to have a gang affiliation, but it wasn’t a rival and the shooting is being described as a "deal gone wrong." However, there is a chance the murder could be classified as "gang-related" because Nipsey had a prior gang affiliation. The Los Angeles Times reports that the shooter was a young man known to Nipsey, who opened fire at close range and then fled in a getaway care. The dispute is reported to have been personal in nature.
The LAPD later announced that they have identified a suspect in Nipsey’s fatal shooting. They tweeted Monday night that "Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle. He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze," with California license plates. Anyone with information on his whereabouts, or the shooting itself, is urged to contact the South Bureau Homicide.
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On another note, Rap-Up reports that Hussle was planning to meet with the Los Angeles Police Department to discuss gang violence prevention just one day before he was killed outside of his clothing store. He was due to meet with LAPD Chief Michel Moore and LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff on Monday. Soboroff took to Twitter following Nipsey’s murder to express his sadness and said, "A weekend in Los Angeles with incidents of tragic violence… this needs to simply STOP. @NipseyHussle #RIP sir. Many of us will join together to stop what ever caused your, and so many other tragic unnecessary killings." He also revealed that a meeting with Nipsey and his management, Roc Nation, was scheduled for 4 p.m. to "to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad."
Also, according to Billboard, Nipsey’s music sales have reportedly increased 2,776 percent. Prior to his passing, Nipsey secured masters to all of his music, so the increase in sales will benefit his family.