Nipsey Hussle's Mom Shares Emotional Message After His Death: 'Please Do Not Mourn'
Nipsey, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down on March 31 outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles.
Nipsey Hussle’s mother shared a powerful video message about the death of her son.
Nipsey, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down on March 31 outside his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, his mom, Angelique Smith, said she had "perfect peace" after the rapper’s passing.
"I have strength, and I want to lift you up," she said in a video that was shared on Facebook. "Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn. Because Nipsey is great… and now he's even greater because he has no bounds and limits. His energy is everywhere. He's there with you now and he's here with me now. And pleased be encouraged."
The video has since been shared hundreds of times across social media platforms.
Smith asked others to lead by example, as Nipsey did. She told viewers they shouldn’t fear death.
“Death is just the beginning of a wonderful world. And I tell myself, Ermias liked thrilling things. And now my son knows the mystery — the secret, rather, to the mystery of life,” she added.
Nipsey’s longtime girlfriend, Lauren London, also told the Los Angeles Times that she’s staying strong. The couple shared a 2-year-old son, Kross.
"I'm going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest,” London told the paper. "He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker. ... He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first."
Samiel Asghedom, Nipsey’s brother, previously told the Los Angeles Times that he’d tried to save his brother’s life after he was shot.
A 911 operator walked him through performing CPR on Nipsey but once paramedics arrived, Asghedom noticed his brother had been shot in the head and that's when he began praying. Nipsey was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.
The rapper’s untimely murder was captured on surveillance footage and police have since charged 29-year-old Eric Holder, who was reportedly an acquaintance of the rapper. Holder pleaded not guilty to murder in a court appearance last week.
Nipsey’s funeral is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
After the funeral, his procession is set to travel a 25-mile route throughout the city, touching all the neighborhoods the star poured into. It will also pass by his Marathon Clothing store where he was murdered.
The procession is being called Nipsey’s “Victory Lap,” in effort to pay homage to all that Nipsey had done for his community. It's also the title's of Nipsey last album.
Nipsey, who earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album earlier this year, was known for giving back to his Los Angeles community in numerous ways, offering jobs to struggling locals at his businesses around the city, paying for the funerals of victims of gun violence and pouring money into local schools.
“He made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark,” Samiel Asghedom told the Los Angeles Times. “All races. Different states. Many countries. They all come to Crenshaw and Slauson. He was truly the people’s champ.”
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