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Guilty Verdict Returned in Murder of Nipsey Hussle

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Kisha Smith
After deliberating just six hours, an L.A. jury found Eric Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for killing famed rapper Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) in March of 2019.
Holder, 32, who had been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder —for the bullets that struck two bystanders, two counts of assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Though it is still unclear what exactly was Holder’s motivation for killing Nipsey, initial grand jury testimony from eyewitnesses suggested that Nipsey was warning Holder that there was word on the street of law enforcement paperwork suggesting Holder was informing to the police.
Attorneys for Holder maintained that the killing of Hussle was a result of heated passion and not planned, but Deputy District Attorney John McKinney argued that the killing of Hussle—who was shot at least ten times by Holder who then kicked him in the head— was premeditated.
Holder’s defense team says Holder was experiencing “a substantial mental health issue” and was “off his medication” the day of the shooting.
Ironically enough, Holder was captured at the Bellflower Medical Center trying to check himself into the mental health facility when an employee recognized him and called the authorities.
LAPD announced the arrest on Twitter posting, “Thank you to both our community for the heightened awareness/vigilance, and our partners at @LASDHQ.”
On the day of the Holder was seen on surveillance video walking up to a group of men standing in front of Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store located in the strip mall on the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw and engaging them in conversation before firing multiple shots.
Nineteen people were transported to the hospital, most with trample injuries, with at least two people suffering serious injuries.
Beyond being a Grammy nominated rapper who began his career back in 2005 with a series of self-produced mixtapes, Hussle’s legacy is tied to his commitment of giving back to his community and fostering change in the Crenshaw neighborhood where he resided.
Hussle was also known as a savvy businessman and entrepreneur who inspired many to become empowered financially, spending millions to purchase the very shopping center where he was murdered — in an attempt to “buy back the block” and give black-owned business a place to flourish.


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