Nipsey Hussle's killer, Eric Holder, 29, faced multiple losses of his own when a local gang allegedly murdered two members of Eric's family.
Eric Holder was arrested in connection to the March 31 shooting that killed Nipsey Hussle, 33, and left two injured. The incident happened in front of Hussle's clothing store in the South LA neighborhood of Hyde Park.
Eric was seen fleeing the crime scene in a white four-door Chevy Cruze CA vehicle. The car, driven by an unidentified woman, had been waiting for him in an adjacent alley.
After his arrest, prosecutors charged Eric with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
The spokesperson for the district attorney's office said in a court hearing that if convicted, Eric would face a maximum sentence of life in prison. However, Eric pleaded not guilty to all the charges at his arraignment in court.
Before His arrest, Two of Eric's Family Members Were killed
While Eric was on the run, his family paid the price for his alleged actions by killing the beloved rapper.
According to multiple social media reports, two of Eric's cousins were gunned down the following day after Nipsey was shot.
The neighborhood believed that the attack was retaliation for Eric killing the famous rapper and a passionate advocate for the South Los Angeles community.
In a similar incident, the home of Eric's girlfriend was shot up during the night, the same day his cousins were killed.
One Twitter user wrote:
"The streets are trying to flush him out. That h*e n*gga will prolly show up at a funeral."
The death of Nipsey Hussle, who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, prompted outrage and grief among residents of the Crenshaw neighborhood.
Hussle was a celebrated rapper not only for his music but also for his service in South LA's black community. His album, "Victory Lap," had been nominated for a 2019 Grammy award.
Hussle Advocated STEM Education for Both Black and Brown Children
He also worked with community leaders to revitalize the area with real estate development and planned to meet with authorities to discuss solutions to reduce gun violence in the city.
New York Times reported:
"Hussle's death was felt deeply in Crenshaw, the neighborhood where he grew up and maintained a regular presence after becoming a Grammy-nominated artist."
"His fans said he offered hope, advocated self-improvement, and financially invested in the community, which has long struggled with violent crime."
"He opened a co-working space dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and planned to meet with police officials on Monday to discuss ways to prevent gang violence."