The Latest: Nipsey Hussle has private Los Angeles funeral
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a memorial and funeral procession for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle (all times local):
Nipsey Hussle’s family and friends are gathering for a private burial of the rapper in Los Angeles.
Officials at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills say Hussle is being buried there Friday afternoon.
It comes a day after about 20,000 people remembered the Grammy-nominated rapper at a packed public memorial service Thursday at Staples Center.
Hussle was shot to death March 31 while standing outside The Marathon, his South Los Angeles clothing store, not far from where he grew up. The rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was 33.
Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty. Police have said Holder and Hussle had several interactions the day of the shooting and have described it as being the result of a personal dispute.
A shooting killed one person and wounded three others near the funeral procession route for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in South Los Angeles.
Officer Drake Madison says there’s no indication the shooting Thursday evening was connected to the procession.
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 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.
South Los Angeles has seen an uptick in shootings.
Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted: “We must stop this senseless violence.”
Thursday’s memorial service for Nipsey Hussle has put a spotlight not only the slain rapper, but Ermias Asghedom, the man who would become the beloved hip-hop artist.
Speakers at the memorial frequently called Hussle by his given name, recounting stories from his childhood and tales of his more recent efforts to try to lift his South Los Angeles community.
After the three-hour ceremony at Staples Center, Hussle’s casket engaged in a 25-mile procession through the streets of Los Angeles. Crowds tried to get the best glimpses they could of the hearse, while some chanted “Nipsy! Nipsy!”
The procession took a lengthy pause outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store, where he was shot and fatally wounded March 31. It ended at funeral home as night fell.
It remains unclear on when Hussle will be buried.