A memorial service on Thursday for rapper Nipsey Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom), a Grammy-nominated 33-year-old, was accompanied by "senseless violence" after a shootout at the funeral procession, killing one person and injuring three others.
The head of the Los Angeles Police Department, Michel Moore, revealed the tragic incident in a tweet on Thursday, which he pointed out during the Hussle procession.
"In the middle of this procession, we are organizing a multiple filming session at 4, at 103 Saint Street and Main Street," tweeted Chief Moore. "The victims are 3 black men and a black woman – aged between 30 and 50. Tragically, one has died, Hyundai gray suspects have fired on the victims, we need to stop this senseless violence."
"Police said the shooting had occurred around 6:25 pm, a few blocks from a 25-mile (40 km) processional section," reported the Associated Press Friday. "The procession drew a crowd of people who lingered late into the night.The Los Angeles Times reports that the shooting took place after the passing of the procession in the region."
According to officer Drake Madison, the shooting does not appear to be related to the funeral service.
On Friday, Moore issued a statement celebrating the positive manifestation of unity among the tragedy in which the community paid tribute to Hussle. "Yesterday we witnessed the strength of the emotion and the importance of coming together as a family of united cities in a mission," he wrote. "We are grateful to all our partners in the city, the many religious leaders and, most importantly, to you, our community."
As The Daily Wire reports, Hussle was shot dead in broad daylight on March 31st outside a clothing company he owned. Police told reporters that they suspected the tragic incident was gang related. As several outlets have noted, about 20 minutes before the murder, Hussle has mysteriously tweeted: "Having powerful enemies is a blessing."
Hussle was open about his experience as a member of a Los Angeles South gang. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2018 – the year his first album "Victory Lap" was nominated for the Grammy Awards – Hussle described the violent nature of the gang culture in which he grew up.
"We had to deal with death, murder," he said. "It was like living in a war zone, where people are dying in these blocks and everyone is a little immune, I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when there is people who have been at war for so long. I think LA is suffering because it's not normal but we kiss it like after a while. "
By the time he gained national fame, Hussle had invested in his community, buying stores in which he employed community members and donating resources to a local school.
At the commemorative ceremony at Staples Center on Thursday, several speakers highlighted Hussle's positive impact on South Los Angeles, AP reported. After the ceremony, his coffin was carried away in a 25-mile procession that "took a long break" in front of the clothing store where he was shot.
Police identified a man named Eric Holder, 29, suspected of shooting.