Thousands of fans pack notable spots on Nipsey Hussle funeral procession route
LOS ANGELES - Thousands of Nipsey Hussle fans paid their respects to the slain rapper who dedicated his life to making his community of South Los Angeles better.
Fans who were unable to attend his memorial service at Staples Center packed the 25.5-mile funeral procession route that wound its way through important spots in the area.
The procession departed from Staples Center and moved south on Vermont Avenue.
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Some spots highlighted on a route map showed stops at Wilmington Avenue and Century Boulevard, a home at 10715 Wilmington Ave., the intersection of South La Brea and Manchester avenues, Hussle's Marathon Clothing store and finally Angelus Funeral Home.
While details of some of those notable stops were sparse, the procession passed by the popular Watts Towers, a landmark in the community
Hussle, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed in front of his clothing store on March 31.
The 33-year-old Eritrean rapper often gave back to his community. He grew up in South Los Angeles during the 1990s, where he was exposed to gang culture as well as West Coast hip hop.
After gaining success, he turned his passion into multiple business ventures.
The location of The Marathon Clothing Store, on the corner of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, is part of a parking lot where he would sell his unsigned mixtapes out of the trunk of his car.
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He later owned half of the lot and businesses in the strip mall, which included a basic needs store, barbershop and seafood restaurant.
The parking lot of that business center was the last spot on the procession route. Before his memorial event started, fans crowded the parking lot.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced the Marathon Clothing intersection will be renamed Nipsey Hussle Square.
"Ermias Asghedom known as Nipsey Hussle was an icon and West Coast hero," Harris-Dawson said. "Nipsey's genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans and his larger community."