Moving Tributes Paid to Nipsey Hussle

Joann Johnston
April 12, 2019

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Obama wrote a letter to the family that was read by Karen Civil, Hussle's friend and business partner.

Those unable to attend the event can watch the memorial service online or pay their respects to the slain rapper in a procession planned to make its way throughout the South Los Angeles area following the ceremony. "He saw hope", Obama's letter said, referencing his efforts to build a skills-training center and a co-working space.

She also said the father of her two-year-old son Kross was an wonderful "family man". "He was a voice and brilliant mind, and the spirit of God was in his life". They were gone in 30 minutes. Both performing as opening acts on The Game LAX tour. And artists including Stevie Wonder, Anthony Hamilton, Jhene Aiko and Marsha Ambrosius performed to honor the fallen star. Thinking to myself, this is the type of talent I want to be apart of.

It was followed by a 25-mile (40-km) procession through the streets of south Los Angeles. I want to take a quick moment to once again say thank you to Liz Cotton and all of BITCON that helped to bring Nipsey to Minnesota.

"He was bigger than his music" she said. You put your money where your mouth is. I don't even know how to describe this loss. Was he a product of Crenshaw and Slauson?

To fully understand how special it was to meet Nipsey Hussle and just how impactful he was to the black community, consider the words of Elizabeth "Liz" Cotton.

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'I realized that Ermias told me what heaven was like, he told me it was paradise, ' Carter said about Hussle, as he stood next to his mother during the funeral.

Lauren also told the residents of Los Angeles that are also mourning the rapper's death that he is still with all of us. I'm so honored and blessed that I got to experience such a man.

When it was my turn to speak to Nipsey, I worked my way to the stage as the auditorium emptied.

"I feel- no, I know that we are all divine creatures", she started.

But then, Snoop said, Nipsey did just that. "I'm all for getting out there creating your own opportunities, creating opportunities for your people. He said, 'What's up, kiddo?' because that's my nickname to him", Khalil told the crowd as a pin with his uncle's face gleamed on his suit jacket.

Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" played over a photo montage of the 33 year-old singer's life. "So when we celebrate Nipsey, we must celebrate unity". Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in front of his store, The Marathon Clothing, on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Eric Holder, the suspect in the shooting, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

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