Nipsey Hussle’s mother is encouraging his fans to keep their heads up following his untimely death.
On Tuesday, April 9, a video of Angelique Smith was posted online and she can be seen calmly speaking on the death of her son to a group of students.
“I want you know that I am so happy, she begins after pronouncing her sons real name Ermias Joseph Ashgedom for the students. “Ermias is here with me right now, I feel him, his spirit is with me and I want you to know that. Ermias will never die, you have him with you and everytime you think of him he lives. Remember him and you will be able to feel his presence. I don’t want you to be traumatized.”
Hussle, 33 was fatally shot March 31 outside his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of his native Los Angeles. An autopsy report revealed he died at approximately 3;55pm from gun shot wounds to his head and torso.
“Ermias was more beautiful in death than he was in life,” explained Smith. “There wasn’t any marks on him when I viewed him. There wasn’t one strand of hair out of place.”
She adds, “Ermias looked healthy, he looked clean. He had a glow. He was radiant. And he was so radiant that he had a sweet aroma. He even smelled good. So, please. Do not fear death. Death is just the beginning of a wonderful world. And I tell myself, Ermias like thrilling things. And now my son knows the secret to the mystery of life.”
Two days after his death police arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder who is suspected of killing Hussle. Surveillance camera footage shows a man believed to be Holder opening fire on the Grammy Award nominated rapper and two other men.
He is being held on $5 million bond on charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Hussle’s family meanwhile is planning to celebrate his life with a massive memorial service at the Staples Center. Following the service a procession will transport his body around his beloved Los Angeles for a one final Victory Lap ( the name of his debut album). He will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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