A memorial service held for 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom) on Thursday was accompanied by yet more "senseless violence" after a drive-by shooting near the funeral procession left one person dead and three injured.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore revealed the tragic incident in a tweet Thursday, which he stressed took place as the procession for Hussle was being conducted.
"In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 Shooting at 103 St and Main St.," Chief Moore tweeted Thursday. "Victims are 3 Male Blacks and 1 Female Black - ages from 30-50 years old. Tragically one is deceased. Suspects in gray Hyundai fired on the victims. We must stop this senseless violence."
"Police say the gunfire happened around 6:25 p.m. a few blocks away from a section of the 25-mile (40-kilometer) procession route," the Associated Press reported Friday. "The procession drew large crowds of people who lingered well into the night. The Los Angeles Times reports the shooting occurred after the procession passed through the area."
According to Officer Drake Madison, the shooting does not appear to be connected to the funeral service.
On Friday, Moore posted a statement celebrating the positive demonstration of unity amidst tragedy in the community's honoring of Hussle. "Yesterday we witnessed the power of emotion, and the importance of coming together as one city family united in one mission," he wrote. "A debt of gratitude is owed to all of our city partners, to the many faith leaders, and most importantly to you—our community."
As The Daily Wire reported, Hussle was shot dead in broad daylight on March 31 outside a clothing business he owned. Police told reporters they suspected that the tragic incident was gang-related. As several outlets noted, about 20 minutes before the shooting, Hussle mysteriously tweeted, "Having strong enemies is a blessing."
Hussle has been open about his past experience as a member in a South Los Angeles gang. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2018 — the year his debut album "Victory Lap" earned a Grammy nomination — Hussle described the violent nature of the gang culture in which he grew up.
"We dealt with death, with murder," he said. "It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. 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 after a while."
As he rose to national fame, Hussle invested in his community, purchasing stores in which he employed members of community, and donating resources to a local school.
At the memorial service at the Staples Center Thursday, multiple speakers highlighted the positive impact Hussle had on South Los Angeles, AP reports. After the ceremony, his casket was carried in a 25-mile procession that "took a lengthy pause" outside the clothing store where he was shot.
Police have identified a man named Eric Holder, 29, as the suspect in the shooting.