1 Dead, Others Injured After Drive-By Strikes Nipsey Hussle Memorial Procession: Police

Thousands lined the streets Thursday to say goodbye to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, but the rapper’s memorial procession was marred by violence, police confirmed.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore shared via Twitter that four people had been shot in a drive-by shooting around 6:30 p.m. local time during the memorial procession.

The shooting left one person dead, and police are still on the hunt for suspects who fled in a gray Hyundai.

Moore issued a plea to citizens to “stop this senseless violence.”

Just hours earlier, family, friends, celebrities and fans had gathered at Los Angeles’ Staples Center to pay tribute to Hussle.

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The rapper’s partner, Lauren London, remembered Hussle as a “majestic” soul.

“You’ve been my turn up and my church,” she said during the ceremony. “I wouldn’t want to go through this journey with anyone but you.”

And former president Barack Obama praised the rapper for giving back to his community and working to make it stronger.

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“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and only see gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama wrote in a letter read by Karen Civil during the service. “He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going.”

Hussle, whose birth name is Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed on March 31. He was 33.


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