In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of beloved rapper Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom, leaders from multiple rival gangs in southern California united to honor the late community activist’s life, now legacy.
Gangs from Watts, Compton, Inglewood and Los Angeles met on April 5 to call for peace. Together, the gangs rallied and marched from a local Crenshaw grocery store to Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, where Asghedom was slain on March 31.
The community march is reportedly the start of a larger effort for extended peace.
The 33-year old made consistent efforts to invest much of his earnings from music back into his Los Angeles neighborhood, with plans to introduce a STEM program for local youth and build affordable housing units.
Hussle is mourned by masses of family, fans, business owners, law enforcement officials such as LAPD Commissioner Steve Sobroff, fellow celebrities and California Rep. Karen Bass.
“Nipsey Hussle is going to be remembered by the community as someone who selflessly gave back and invested and enriched and cared,” said Rep. Brass. She added that he “was always pushing for economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.”
“I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” Rep. Brass tweeted.
Vigils, murals and balloon release dedications have been taking place all across California and the country to pay homage to Hussle’s wide-spread positive impact as a musician, community activist, entrepreneur and father.