Suspect charged in Nipsey Hussle killing

Eric Holder is facing a life sentence for the rapper's murder

A suspect in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle has been charged with the rapper’s murder, it has been reported.

The 33-year-old rapper died on Sunday (March 31) after he was shot multiple times while outside his clothing store in South LA.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested suspect Eric Holder on Tuesday (April 2), after capturing him in Lakewood, CA. Confirming the arrest, the official LAPD HQ Twitter account later posted: “Eric Holder, the suspected killer of Nipsey Hussle, has been arrested and is in police custody.

“Thank you to both our community for the heightened awareness/vigilance, and our partners at the [Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department].” See the post below.

The 29-year-old is now facing life in prison after prosecutors charged him with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. According to the Associated Press, Holder is expected to enter a plea when he makes an appearance at a downtown Los Angeles courtroom later today (April 4).

The LAPD said in a previous statement: “On March 31, 2019 around 3:20pm, three male adults were standing in front of a business in a strip mall in the 3400 block of West Slauson Blvd. The suspect walked up to the men and fired numerous shots at them. The victims were struck and fell to the ground. The suspect ran southbound through an adjacent alley to a waiting vehicle. The suspect entered the passenger side and fled the area… The vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.

“Two victims were transported to local hospitals and one refused medical treatment at the scene. One victim, Ermias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle, died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained. Detectives have worked tirelessly and are now asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in this case. The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles.”

This update follows an outpouring of tributes to the late rapper from the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Drake, who namechecked him during his show at The O2 last night. 

It also emerged earlier this week that Nipsey was due to meet with police on Monday to discuss ways to prevent gang violence in Los Angeles.