A Change.org petition urging Los Angeles Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to name the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Slauson Ave. in South Central in honor of late rapper Nipsey Hussle had gained more than 379,000 signatures since it was launched on Monday (April 1).
The petition to rename the intersection Nipsey Hussle Blvd. says that the effort was started because “I knew Nipsey Hussle peronally. He wasn’t just a rapper. He was a community icon.”
Grammy winner Hussle (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom), was shot and killed on Sunday in front of his Marathon Clothing store, which he opened in the Hyde Park neighhborhood in 2017. The rapper was lauded for giving back to his community with a number of projects, including the recent purchase of a plaza near the Marathon shop that he and a business partner planned to rebiuld as a six-story mixed-use residential and commercial complex that was to include a barbershop, Creole seafood restaurant and a store. Last year, he opened a co-working space and STEM program in his hometown as a means of helping local young people avoid gang culture.
The man suspected of shooting Hussle, 33, in the head and torso, Eric Holder, 29, was arrested on Tuesday and is being held on $7 million bail.
According to CBSLA, Harris-Dawson had not responded to the petition at press time. A street mural honoring the rapper went up on Wednesday night at the Heaven Skate Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
Hartford, CT R.I.P Nipsey Hussle –: @coreypaneart #NipseyHussle #Prolific #NeighborhoodNip #Hussle #THAGREAT #SlausonBoy #AllMoneyIn #AllMoneyInRecords #TheMarathon #TheMarathonContinue #TMC #GangInjunction #Raw #BulletAintGotNoName #Crenshaw #MailboxMoney #NoPressure #VictoryLap #RealRap #Music #Business @nipseyhussle #RIPNIPSEY
Also on Wendesday, Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass pledged to enter the rapper’s social contributions into the Congressional Record. “I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” she tweeted.