The murder of Nipsey Hussle last Sunday in Los Angeles sent the hip hop world reeling. As fans and fellow musicians mourn, more details concerning the gunman—who is still at large—have emerged.
The 33-year-old rapper—real name Ermias Asghedom—and two other victims were shot outside of Marathon Clothing in South LA, the clothing store he opened two years ago. Hussle was pronounced dead in the hospital from gunshot wounds to the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed.
Now, the Los Angeles Police Department are looking for a suspect they’ve named as Eric Holder, and have detailed the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident’s alleged involvement in the shooting on Twitter.
Hussle likely knew his killer, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times. The gunman probably has gang ties, though his motive was likely personal and not part of a larger gang-related dispute, detectives believe. Hussle’s last tweet obliquely—and chillingly—referenced “strong enemies”:
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Hussle was long open about his journey as a gangbanger made good. As a teenager, he joined a Crip organization, the Rollin’ 60s, where they “dealt with death, with murder,” he told the Los Angeles Times last year.
“It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it,” he said. “I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time.”
Hussle has been eulogized for his dedication to music—he released numerous mixtapes independently, only unveiling his debut album Victory Lap last year and scoring a Grammy nomination in the process.
But many have also paid tribute to his entrepreneurship and philanthropy within his community, specifically the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up. Besides Marathon Clothing, he also founded Vector 90, a co-working space that focuses on uplifting underrepresented entrepreneurs and a STEM program for youth.