Mourning for Nipsey Hussle goes well beyond his music

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nipsey Hussle is being mourned for much more than his music.

The rapper was shot and killed Sunday in the same Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up. California Sen. Kamala Harris and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are among those paying tribute to him for his efforts to improve the impoverished Crenshaw community.

Hussle opened a store called Marathon Clothing that he hoped could be a seed for development. He was standing near the business when he was slain. Police have not identified a motive or suspect.

By Monday, hundreds of people gathered in front of the store to pay their respects. A memorial of candles, flowers and paintings took shape, and some of Hussle’s songs blared through speakers.

The 33-year-old built his reputation with mixtapes before a major-label breakthrough.

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