Today, we, the Seattle King County NAACP, would like to express our sincere condolences about our fallen brother, Crenshaw rapper Nipsey Hussle, also known as Ermias Asghedom. Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of this loss.
For those of us who were privileged to know Nipsey, we are well acquainted with his passion as an activist and leader in his community. Today hallmarks the memorial service of Nipsey. The world, but more importantly our communities just last week, were caught off guard when we were all made aware that Nipsey was gunned down in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Reports provide detailed accounts that Nipsey
was rushed to the hospital, and that his family and celebrity friends showed up shortly thereafter. It is widely known that Nipsey was regarded as a very successful artist and entrepreneur. In fact, Nipsey Hussle’s label, Atlantic Records, said in a statement. 'One of the kindest and brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all.' Nipsey was shot in plain view of a surveillance camera, and footage shows the shooter who authorities believe to be Eric Holder, who opened fire three (3) different times on Nipsey before kicking his body and fleeing the scene. Nipsey was just 33 years old. The sadness we all feel is widely shared, because Nipsey’s death happened to be motivated by another black man who took it upon himself to assassinate Nipsey in cold blood.We remember Ermias Asghedom as a father, entrepreneur, rapper, and activist, and send our deepest condolences to his family and his friends.
- Seattle King County NAACP Religion Chair Tramaine Palms