FRESNO, Calif. — A big showing of support in Fresno on Friday night to honor the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The Grammy-nominated artist was shot and killed on Sunday in Los Angeles. The vigil was held on Fulton street.
“A lot of us appreciate good people like him and he is gone too soon,” said Lakeisha Combs, fan.
“For his life to be taken the way it was, it was devastating,” said Michael Davis, fan.
33 year old otherwise known as Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on Sunday in Crenshaw in Los Angeles. His death sending shockwaves through the city and all the way up the 99 to Fresno.
“I cried for 2 days, it hurt actually, he meant a lot,” said Karla Delgado, fan.
To his fans, he was much more than just his music. He gave back to his Crenshaw community by fighting against gang violence.
“To people that want to do good there are going to be negative people, negative influences, that lifestyle is always there,” said Joby Jones, Stop the Violence Founder.
Pastor Joby Jones fights for the same cause here in Fresno. He founded the nonprofit, Stop the Violence, to help youth in Fresno stay away from gangs. He said Nipsey Hussle’s death is pushing him to fight harder for his community.
“That is what inspires me, to leave out not to stay where I am and make that impact make that change and hopefully bring other people with me,” said Jones.
Other fans feel the same, Nipsey Hussle’s legacy is giving them hope and strength to pour their hearts into Fresno.
“He put so much time and effort into his community and we can keep it going and we can keep it moving,” said Reginald Colbert, fan.
Nipsey Hussle was supposed to meet with the LAPD Police Chief to discuss his ideas on how to stop gang violence the day after he was killed.
His death has now prompted a peace treaty between several gangs in Los Angeles, which almost never happens.