Nipsey Hussle was due to meet up with the Los Angeles police on Monday to discuss gang violence, the day after he was unceremoniously killed in broad daylight outside his clothing store.
The rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot dead just moments after meeting up with fans at the Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon, at around 3:20 p.m. He was among three other people shot outside the store shortly after he had been posing for photos with fans. The 33-year-old was struck by bullets multiple times before being rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to The Daily Mail, he had tweeted that day that "having strong enemies is a blessing."
Prior to his death, Hussle had often spoken up about gang violence in certain neighborhoods in L.A. and was even set to meet up with L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Michel Moore, along with some other Roc Nation representatives, to discuss the issue on Monday.
"We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting, at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I'm so very sad," Soboroff tweeted on Sunday night.
The artist, who grew up in South Los Angeles, often talked about growing up and living his teenage years in the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang, where violence between gangs is a constant.
"We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it," he told The LA Times during an interview last year.