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  • Rapper Nipsey Hussle performs before a boxing match between Andre Ward and Paul Smith at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on 20/6/15

    Rapper Nipsey Hussle performs before a boxing match between Andre Ward and Paul Smith at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on 20/6/15 | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 April 2019

Hussle told the L.A. Times by phone March 16: "Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody — not to give me anything — but somebody that cared."

The 33-year-old rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot in Los Angeles, California Sunday night outside his clothing store, Marathon Clothing. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours later.

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Lieutenant Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles Police Department told the media gathered along W. Slauson Ave. at the scene of the crime in south central L.A. that they talking to witnesses about a possible suspect, but one one was in custody.

The sudden death of the Grammy-nominated musician shocked fellow artists and friends such as Drake and Rihanna.

"This does not make sense! My spirit is shaken by this!" Rihanna tweeted upon hearing the news of Hussle’s killing.

His fans also gathered outside of Marathon to commemorate the slain artist Sunday night. “He was empowering people, he was employing people in the community, encouraging them to do more with their lives.”

Ermias Davidson Asghedom, or Hussle, was born on August 15, 1985 and was a former gang member. He told the Los Angeles Times in February: “I grew up in gang culture. … We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone…people die on these blocks, and everybody is a little bit immune to it,” said the writer who was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 in the Best Rap Album category for ‘Victory Lap’.

“I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is,” he said at the time.

Just two weeks ago the rapper debuted his combination co-working space and STEM research center in south L.A., Vector 90. He created the initiative in order to provide the largely Black community in the area with opportunities to study and practice science and technology in the industry that generally shuts them out. Hussle was hoping Vector 90 could funnel participants to Silicon Valley, or become the next technology hub.

Hussle told the L.A. Times by phone March 16: "Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody — not to give me anything — but somebody that cared."

Colin Kaepernick wrote on his Instagram account of Hussle’s murder, “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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