Tributes paid as rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in Los Angeles

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been killed in a shooting in Los Angeles. He was aged 33.

The news has been confirmed by city officials and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The shooting occurred outside Hussle’s clothing store, Marathon Clothing, on Slauson Avenue. Hussle was taken to the local hospital in Los Angeles and pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon (31 March). Two other victims were also injured in the shooting, police said, and they remain in hospital in a stable condition. According to Lt. Chris Ramirez, the gunman fled the scene.

Garcetti tweeted about the tragedy, offering his condolences: “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”

Hussle’s debut LP Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Aside from music, he was also involved in community activism and worked to end gang violence. He had scheduled a meeting with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff for tomorrow (2 April) to discuss ways to stop gang violence. In an Instagram post, LA City councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson shared pictures of Hussle, calling him a “poignantly brilliant musician, and a tireless advocate for South L.A.”

Tributes have been pouring in for the rapper online. Read them below.