The family of the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle will host his memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. The family members in charge of planning his memorial service searched for a large enough venue to host what is expected to be a crowd of supporters and spectators of the South Los Angeles emcee and community activist who was recently was nominated for Best Rap album at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Hussle born Ermias Asghedom was murdered in front of the parking lot of his company, The Marathon Clothing, on Sunday Mar 31.
According to Karen Civil, the service will take place Thursday morning at the 21,000 seat venue and there will be tickets for the event which sold out in the first 20 minutes after being posted online. The family released an official statement with additional information earlier this week.
I want to officially let @NipseyHussle fans & supporters know there will be NO selling of tickets to his funeral. A lot of incorrect information was released today, please know in the upcoming days and official statement will be made soon. 🏁
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) April 6, 2019
Sources say there was a meeting last Wednesday with Nipsey’s family and Staples center personnel. LAPD officials were also present in the meeting to help plan logistics and security for the event.
The family has already passed on venues with 2,000 seats, and they’re looking at venues that can accommodate upwards of 10000+ mourners.
According to LA Times, Hussle’s family is asking those in attendance to act respectfully, as they don’t want a repeat of the violence at last week’s vigil.
The Los Angeles Police Department is pulling in officers from divisions across the city to keep a watchful but distant eye on the memorial. The police presence, according to officials, will be substantial but subtle, mostly for traffic and peacekeeping if needed.
“We will be as low-key and away as possible while maintaining public safety and safe expeditious traffic movement,” LAPD Asst. Chief Robert Arcos said. “In some areas, we will be visible, but not in a manner to be in close proximity to the event.”
Officers will be on foot, bicycles and motorbikes, Arcos said.
Staples Center officials are asking anyone without a ticket to the memorial to stay away from to the arena and L.A. Live as access will be restricted. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the memorial will begin at 10 a.m. PST.
Guests and staff at Staples Center will be subject to a metal detector screening and visual and bag inspections. Bags should be no larger than 14-by-14-by-6 inches, and backpacks are forbidden at the memorial. Out of respect to the family, officials said, cameras and recording devices will not be permitted inside the venue, and anyone found recording or taking photos may be asked to leave.
25.5-mile funeral procession will take place from downtown Los Angeles through Inglewood, South L.A. and Watts.
The route begins at Staples Center immediately following the celebration of life event and will travel south on Vermont Avenue to Century Boulevard. From there it will head east to Wilmington Avenue and then loop back around and travel west to La Brea Avenue and Manchester Boulevard before turning north to the Marathon Clothing store, where Hussle was gunned down, and ending at the Angelus Funeral Home in the Crenshaw district.
Procession security will be provided by the Nation of Islam, and roads along the route will be closed to accommodate the vehicles. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
Hussle’s death has been mourned by dedicated hip-hop fans. many in the hip hop community since he was killed tragically. Hundreds showed up for a vigil outside his store on Monday night, which abruptly ended after a loud noise believed by many to be gunshots caused chaos. Nineteen people were injured.
Police have charges Eric Holder with Hussle’s murder. Attorney Christopher Darden, the former prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial. Holder is set to be back in court on May 10.
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