Los Angeles police arrested Eric Holder, who is suspected of killing Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle in front of his neighborhood clothing store.
According to police, Holder approached Hussle, they talked, and then Holder left. A little later, he came back with a handgun. He shot Hussle, and two other men.
Hussle had been much more than a Grammy-nominated rapper.
He used his success to improve the community from which he came with tangible, long-term solutions.
He rebuilt a school basketball court.
And, then, he opened a STEM center called Vector 90 to help develop computer science, coding and other science, technology, engineering and math skills in his marginalized community.
He took part in an arts project intended to celebrate the city’s black culture.
And, he opened Marathon Clothing–the store in front of which he was killed–which provided jobs for the neighborhood. Marathon is experimenting with an innovative retail format in which smartphones are used to order merchandise.
Hussle was member of the Crip gang Rollin 60s.
If he’d lived one more day, he would’ve also met with the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the chief of police to talk about how to stop gang violence. That was the plan for April 1.
We still don’t know if Hussle’s murder was personal or gang-related. No matter, the violence in Hussle’s world and throughout his life–the violence about which he wrote–was often scripted by LA gangs.
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