Just a week after the untimely death of US rapper Nipsey Hussle, it has been announced that a Los Angeles intersection will be renamed in his honour.
Late last month, it was revealed that rapper Nipsey Hussle had been shot and killed at the age of 33.
A senseless killing, tributes for the late artist soon flowed, with friends, family, collaborators, and supporters all sharing their fondness of the Grammy-nominated musician.
While conspiracy theories sprang up in the immediate aftermath of his passing, Los Angeles police revealed soon after that they had arrested a suspect, with 29-year-old Eric Holder being taken into custody over the artist’s murder.
Now, barely a week after his murder, the Los Angeles Times reports that a South Los Angeles intersection is set to be renamed in the rapper’s honour.
Speaking on Tuesday, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced this decision, explaining that Nipsey Hussle was a strong supporter of the area’s history.
“Ermias Asghedom, known as ‘Nipsey Hussle,’ was an icon and West Coast hero,” Harris-Dawson explained in a statement. “Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with, from family, friends, fans and his larger community.”
“As a father, brother and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations.”
“Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound; his numerous philanthropic efforts; his innovative, community-focused business mindset; and his humble heart.”
The intersection, at Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue, is located mere metres from where Nipsey Hussle was gunned down on March 31st, and is set to be renamed as the “Ermias ‘Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom Square”.
As the Los Angeles Times also notes, a petition for the intersection to be renamed came forth in the immediate aftermath of Hussle’s passing. Within days, it boasted more than 500,000 signatures from fans all over the globe.