Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s funeral is being held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Thursday (April 11), according to TMZ. The venue holds roughly 21,000 people and the slain rapper’s service is expected to draw upwards of 15,000 attendees.
Sources close to Nip’s family revealed tickets will be sold for the event through a website and only ticket holders will be granted admission.
Last Wednesday (April 3,) Nipsey’s family reportedly met with the head of the Staples Center as well as LAPD officials who were on board to help plan logistics and security for the event.
The turnaround time for the event will be fast — the final Clippers game is the night before. However, staging equipment rental companies have already been contacted and several ushers who are employed at the Staples Center were asked to reserve the day so they can work the massive event.
In the wake of Neighborhood Nip’s senseless murder, the Hip Hop community as well as the L.A. community are still mourning the loss. On Friday (April 5), several rival gang members came together for a peace walk in the Crenshaw area where Nipsey was killed.
Gang leaders from Watts, Compton, L.A. and Inglewood met up to discuss a cease-fire on Thursday night (April 4). They talked about getting the word out in their neighborhoods to put down their weapons in an effort to demonstrate unity, which began with Friday’s march.
Members of all the gangs gathered outside a grocery store in Crenshaw and walked a few blocks before ultimately ending up at Nip’s Marathon Clothing store.
Nipsey was gunned down on March 31 after alleged killer Eric Holder shot him at least six times. Holder was arrested on Tuesday (April 2) and has since pleaded not guilty. His bond is set at $5 million. He’s expected in court on May 10.