One more busy day for the family of slain hip hop artist and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle. They attended a vote by the Los Angeles City Council to rename the intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson, Nipsey Hussle Square, and then, in the afternoon, they gathered to say final goodbyes at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
I spoke to Dawit Asghedom, the father of Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, as he made his way into the cemetery. His sentiments to me were heartfelt and moving. I asked Mr. Asghedom, if there was solace for him, knowing how much the people of South LA and beyond loved his son.
"Always as a father, you know, I wish my son was here with me, but also, he's not died in vain. People recognize what he was trying to do. And, what he had accomplished at a younger age, only 33," he said.
And after seeing that massive show of love and support, first at the Marathon Store, then at the public memorial and then on the streets of South LA, Asghedom said:
"I have no words to explain it; how great. They gave him love from Staples Center, starting from the Marathon, the whole week, then again Staples Center, then from there when we marched through the streets. It was incredible, it was incredible."
He went on to say, "We never know that people, how they appreciate it and how much they want to hear that. At the same time, you can tell how the world is hungry for peace. The whole world is against the violence."
"Our politicians, until we elect them, they say, we're going to do this, we're going to do that and once they get into office, they don't do the public work. So the people is frustrated," Asghedom said. "So they can hear from they're own doing something in the community and they recognize that. That's why how we see the whole world are gathered because they have been hungry for this kind of peace. This kind of deeds, so maybe the politician in the world, will learn from here what is the public is looking for. "
"Never in my generation, how much people they love him; the support they give him, I mean, there's no words to explain. And, then we appreciate the love they gave to him and we're going to follow his legend, his, whatever he wants to accomplish. That's what we going to do. And, we're going to put him in peace now. He gonna Rest In Peace," Asghedom said.