As you’ve likely heard by now, hip hop icon Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside a store he owned in Los Angeles on Sunday.
He was just 33 years old.
For the past 48 hours, Hussle’s death has dominated headlines and social media feeds for two distinct reasons:
1. The rapper’s music and philanthropy made him an indispensable part of the hip hop community and a role model to millions.
2. Hussle’s killer remains at large, and his murder is viewed as symptomatic of the growing gun violence problem in America and the unique challenges facing neighborhoods such as Nipsey’s native South Los Angeles.
While a suspect in Hussle’s shooting has been identified, the Los Angeles Police Department is still gathering facts as the manhunt for 29-year-old alleged gang member Eric Holder continues.
Today, that meant releasing the results of an autopsy that confirmed the tragic cause of Hussle’s death:
According to a report released this morning, Hussle “was found to have died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso.”
The LA County Coroner’s office added that Hussle was shot and then “taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.”
“The manner of death was certified as a homicide,” the department wrote.
This statement aligns with tweets posted by the LAPD in the moments after the shooting:
“At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased,” police tweeted Sunday afternoon.
“We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available.”
The department has been praised for its diligence and transparency in this matter, as well as for keeping the public apprised on the investigation.
The LAPD tweeted yesterday that it would be forgoing its annual April Fools’ joke “in light of yesterday’s events” so that they might better focus “on bringing justice to yesterday’s homicide on Slauson & Crenshaw in South LA.”
Hussle dedicated much of his life to bettering the neighborhood he grew up and helping to curtail gang violence.
He was scheduled to meet with LAPD officials to discuss these matters just one day after he was gunned down.
“Having strong enemies is a blessing,” he ominously wrote on Instagram just hours before his passing.
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.