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EAST AFRICA: ETHIOPIA & ERITREA Honors the Memory of Murdered LA Rapper Ermias Joseph "Nipsey Hussle" Ashghedon

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EAST AFRICA: ETHIOPIA & ERITREA Honors the Memory of Murdered LA Rapper  Ermias Joseph "Nipsey Hussle" Ashghedon

 Africa News.com

He was an icon: Ethiopians pay tribute to Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle

Ethiopians held an emotional farewell, reciting poems and delivering moving speeches in honour of murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose roots in neighbouring Eritrea won him admirers in both countries.



Nipsey eulogised

At the Saturday evening memorial in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Hussle was remembered as a rare entertainer who bridged his American upbringing with his roots in the Horn of Africa.

“It’s just really tragic what happened,” said Tezeta Solomon, an Ethiopian living in Los Angeles who attended the memorial in Addis Ababa.

The crowd of hundreds gathered in the parking lot observed a moment of silence for the slain rapper, who was 33.

Then by the light of candle-like sticks known as twafs held by attendees, speakers came onto a stage erected before the crowd to eulogise Hussle and read poems in his honour.



Mural in Ethiopia





Other News Reports


 According to initial reports, a young man opened fire on Hussle at close range before scrambling to a getaway car. The L.A. County coroner said Monday that Hussle, 33, whose legal name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital at 3:55 p.m. Two others were wounded in the shooting.



New York Times

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was remembered by city officials on Tuesday as a gifted artist and passionate advocate for the South Los Angeles community in which he was raised.




Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was shot to death in front of Marathon Clothing, the South Los Angeles store he founded in 2017. Two other men were wounded in the shooting.





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This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his work! Sending love to his family. Rest in Power King


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This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle


.. Hussle was a visible at sports events, especially NBA games. “So so SAD man!!” Lakers star LeBron James tweeted. “DAMN man this hurt.” On Instagram, he added: “Just spoke with you the other day on text bro! Telling you how proud I was of you and how I was gone get you to more Laker games next season. Been A Stand Up dude from Day 1. May you rest in PARADISE Young King 👑‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ This One Hurts Big Time!”




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Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle

6:36 PM - 31 Mar 2019


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The Grammy-nominated rapper is being remembered not just for his music but for his deep community involvement and activism. He had planned to meet with Los Angeles Police Department officials to discuss ways to fight gang violence in the city.

The murals have popped up all week following Hussle's death. One of the murals includes Lakers star LeBron James and rap legends Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.



New Times Report 

“He was working closely with the city to help save lives and transform lives, even as he was doing that for himself,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the news conference. “He was a tireless advocate for the young people of this city and of this world, to lift them up with the possibility of not being imprisoned by where you come from or past mistakes.”

The rapper was scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon with representatives from Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, and police officials to discuss how the community could support efforts to stop gang violence and help children in the area.




Hussle performed with rappers from rival gangs, including YG and Joe Moses.

Hussle noted that Moses was from the Van Ness Gangsters, a Bloods gang whose turf was nearby and which Hussle described as "one of our worst enemy 'hoods."

"Hating [someone] just because of where he grew up and where his momma pays rent — we're trying to get above that and move beyond that," Hussle said in the 2009 streetgangs.com interview.



New York Times Reports

Chief Moore later added that Mr. Holder was thought to be a member of a gang, but that the police did not believe the shooting was related to gang rivalries. Mr. Holder was arrested later on Tuesday.



** I also read that Nipsey Hussle was also launched programs for STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He use his funds to try and build his community. Gosh, May He RIP. 



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Yes, Nipsey's murder has had quite a ripple effect among the entertainment industry because he was doing so much good and giving back to his community.   TMZ is now reporting that the shooting was a result of a personal beef between him and Eric Holder, and that after Holder approached him in the clothing store Nipsey owned, he shot him and then stalked off. But according to witnesses, Nipsey hollered after him. "you may have shot me but you didn't kill me," whereupon Holder turned around and came back and pumped 2 more bullets in him before running back to the getaway car.  Had Nipsey, remained silent, he might still be alive, the word on the street is.

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