April 10, 2019
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Plans for Nipsey Hussle’s funeral have begun to surface and R&B legend Anthony Hamilton is set to perform.
Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known to the music industry as Nipsey Hussle, was murdered on March 31 in the parking lot of his clothing store in Los Angeles.
Hamilton was one of the first celebrities to speak out when news of the fatal shooting broke. The Grammy award-winning singer took to Instagram sharing his disappointment with the violence and cherishing moments he spent with the slain 33-year old. The duo worked together on a song, however, the project was not included on the final tracklist for the rapper’s 2018 album “Victory Lap.”
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This Is Real Hard to believe. It’s such a let down from society and in human beings. We’ve let evil once again take away another True Soldier! Prayers of comfort to your family and loved ones. We had a brilliant conversation on the plane last year and you had hella plans and big things about to happen. Glad we were able to create music. I’ll forever Bang Yo Shit!!! Rest Easy Nip!!!
One week after the father of two’s untimely death, close family members and loved ones have started to break their silence. His mother, Angelique Smith, shared a special message on social media saying she was at “perfect peace” and adding, “Nipsey is great… and now he’s even greater because he has no bounds and no limits; his energy is everywhere.”
Longtime girlfriend and actress Lauren London also spoke out during an LA Times’ Interview promising to “always represent for my king.” London and the “Dedication” rapper have a two-year-old son, Kross and he is also survived by his daughter Emani.
The funeral will be open to the public and will take place in South L.A. at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 11. Complimentary tickets to the funeral have been completely cleared out, which comes as no surprise due to the influx of love pouring from stars and fans alike.
Guests can expect tight security at the Staples Center on Thursday morning. The service’s official information page states that certain bags will not be permitted, and that recording or photography of any kind is forbidden.
Those who were not able to secure tickets will have a chance to say their goodbyes along a 25-mile procession that will follow the service. The procession’s route will include a stretch of Crenshaw BLVD and will pass by Marathon, the clothing store owned by the emcee’s and location of his death.
Suspect Eric Holder has been charged with the rapper’s murder but has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
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