Nipsey Hussle funeral service expected to draw thousands

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LOS ANGELES, Cali. (CNN) – (4/11/19) Called “A Celebration of Life” by organizers, the massive gathering for the slain musician and community advocate is set for 10 a.m. local time.

Tickets, which were made available free of charge to California residents earlier this week, were gone in 30 minutes.

The Staples Center accommodates about 21,000 people. The venue was last used for a memorial service for Michael Jackson in July 2009.

Organizers have announced a procession following the service that will run 20 to 25 miles through the streets of Los Angeles and encompass places that were important to the rapper.

Hussle, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down March 31 in Los Angeles near the clothing store he owned on Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

Eric Holder, the suspect in the shooting, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder. The 29-year-old was also charged at his arraignment with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Nipsey was beloved not only for his Grammy-nominated music but also for his activism and entrepreneurship dedicated to uplifting his community.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced Tuesday that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square in honor of the artist.

The rapper’s family has been left to mourn him, including his girlfriend of more than 5 years, Lauren Mondon, with whom he shared a son.

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Hussle also had a daughter from a prior relationship.

“I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest,” London told the Los Angeles Times. “He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.”

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