Thousands say farewell to Nipsey Hussle

April 12, 2019
Nipsey Hussle fans (from left) Slum Baby, Yhung To, Lil Cadi PGE, and Lo, from the Crenshaw neighbourhood of Los Angeles, wear clothing in honour of the late rapper.
Nipsey Hussle fans (from left) Slum Baby, Yhung To, Lil Cadi PGE, and Lo, from the Crenshaw neighbourhood of Los Angeles, wear clothing in honour of the late rapper.
People gather outside The Marathon Clothing store to watch a funeral procession of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
People gather outside The Marathon Clothing store to watch a funeral procession of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Michante Clark, of Sacramento, California, holds up a tribute flag at the Celebration of Life memorial service for Nipsey.
Michante Clark, of Sacramento, California, holds up a tribute flag at the Celebration of Life memorial service for Nipsey.
Artist Gift Davis works on a portrait of rapper Nipsey Hussle as fans wait in line to attend the public memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Artist Gift Davis works on a portrait of rapper Nipsey Hussle as fans wait in line to attend the public memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Guests file into the Staples Center to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Guests file into the Staples Center to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Guests wear T-shirts in tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
Guests wear T-shirts in tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
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LOS ANGELES (AP):

Nipsey Hussle's legacy as a community activist, unifying force, doting father, and a loving son were underscored at his public memorial service on Thursday.

Deeply personal testimonies came from those closest to the rapper, including his actress-fiancee Lauren London, collaborator and dear friend Snoop Dogg, and his mother, who said she was at peace with the death of her "superhero" son.

"I'm very proud of my son. My son Ermias Joseph Asghedom was a great man," said Angelique Smith, dressed in all-white, remembering the 33-year-old.

Standing onstage with Hussle's father, Dawit Asghedom, in front of a capacity crowd of 21,000 at the Staples Center, Smith declared: "Ermias was a legacy."

EMOTIONAL

London was emotional but stood strong onstage as she told the audience: "I've never felt this type of pain before."

London called Hussle "majestic" and "brilliant" and said she had learned so much from his presence. She added though she was hurting, she was really sad for their two-year-old son Kross, whom she feared wouldn't remember his dad.

Snoop Dogg's words to immortalise his friend were both serious and silly, as he told old stories about Hussle and their brotherhood.

"This a tough one right here," he said, visibly shaken but keeping his composure.

Snoop thanked Hussle's parents multiple times and told his father that "you picked up another son in me."

Hussle's father said he knew his son was strong because when he was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck but he prevailed.

"He was a fighter," he said.

Earlier in the ceremony, Hussle's children also appeared onstage to pay tribute. London's son with rapper Lil Wayne, Cameron Carter, said days after Hussle died, he had a dream he saw the rapper.

"I realised Ermias told me what heaven was like. He told me it was paradise," Cameron said.

Hussle was slain last month in front of a store that he tried to use to empower his South Central neighbourhood.

The public memorial service kicked off by paying respect to Hussle the rapper, as songs from his latest Grammy-nominated album, Victory Lap, filled the arena.