After Nipsey Hussle was tragically gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31, the site became a place for fans to gather and find solace in preserving his memory.
In the days and weeks since the community lost one of its most influential visionaries, fans from all over the country came to pay their respects and leave behind candles, notes or flowers in memoriam. However, unfortunately, his family has been forced to make a decision regarding the communal memorial in its current form.
As reported by TMZ, the family of the late rapper has decided to take down the makeshift memorial, which has amassed hundreds of candles and grown to take up a large portion of the shopping plaza's parking lot, due to how it has become a bustling attraction for people attempting to profit off the rapper's death. Per the celebrity site, people have been selling bootleg Nipsey Hussle t-shirts, charging for tours of the neighborhood and even setting up food trucks to cater to the crowds that have consistently gathered in the wake of Nipsey's passing.
The tribute turning into a chaotic scene is an unfortunate outcome given the initial intention, with many commenting on social media that people aught to be ashamed of themselves for taking advantage of the public gathering space in such a manner. Sources close to the situation say his family feels like the memorial was not treated with respect, leading to the decision to find other ways to honor his legacy moving forward.
The memorial doesn't mark the first time people made attempts to capitalize on the passing of the community leader. From scalpers attempting to charge astronomical prices to attend the free Celebration of Life at the Staples Center to Craigslist having to shut down the attempted sales of the free programs, there have been several attempts to make a profit off the tragic loss.
While determined opportunists may continue to find a way to make a buck off Nipsey's memory, the shutting down of his memorial is one way to send the message that such attempts will not be tolerated.
Regardless of the distasteful deterrents, Nipsey Hussle's impact continues to be felt. As the marathon continues, fans are currently anticipating the upcoming launch of his youth foundation.