Nipsey Hussle was a man of the people.
On Sunday (March 31), the 33-year-old rapper was tragically gunned down in front of his clothing store in Los Angeles one day before his scheduled meeting with the LAPD to discuss ways to end gang violence. Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff confirmed the meeting in a tweet, writing, "We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I) were meeting, at the request of [Nipsey Hussle] with him and [Roc Nation] tomorrow at 4 pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I'm so very sad."
Soboroff also paid his respects to the Los Angeles native, adding, "#RIP sir. Many of us will join together to stop what ever caused [you], and so many other tragic unnecessary killings." He also called for the senseless acts of violence in the community to come to an end. "A weekend in Los Angeles with incidents of tragic violence [like] this needs to simply STOP," Soboroff declared.
Although Hussle had ties to the Crips gang, he worked hard to bridge the longtime rival between Blood and Crip affiliates. He was also close friends with The Game, a well known Blood member who took the news of Hussle's death particularly hard.
"I can't even f—king sleep man. I'm disgusted by this s—t," The Game said in an Instagram Story while driving down Slauson [Avenue] in Los Angeles early Monday morning (April 1). "That's how y'all do the homie? In his own city? In his own hood? In his own place of business? That's how n—s do n—s, man? LA in some bulls—t, homie. On me!"
In addition to calling the shooter a "coward," The Game said he was "ashamed" of his city. "How we let this happen?" he questioned. "Can't even live out ya whole life in this city no more... this s—t right here is just krazy to me!"
The LAPD is currently treating the investigation as a homicide and is looking for a "black male suspect." No word yet on whether Hussle's death was gang-related. Several other celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, a well known Crip, have spoken out about the rapper's untimely passing.
"This is f—ked up man," Snoop said in an Instagram video. "I just want to send prayers out to Nipsey Hussle and his family, and Lauren London and her family. This is f—ked up. Prayers out to the whole family man. This s—t got to stop man." Watch the clip ahead.