Nipsey Hussle Memorial to Be Held at Staples Center
On Thursday (April 11), the life and legacy of Nipsey Hussle will be reflected upon during a memorial set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
News of the location of the late rapper's memorial was first reported by Los Angeles Lakers reporter Lauren A. Jones on Twitter on Friday (April 5), but on Monday (April 8), the Twitter account for the late rapper tweeted the official announcement.
"Join Us for the Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11th 2019 - Staples Center For free tickets & additional Info," reads the tweet.
While there's no word on who will or won't be attending the service, but the Staples Center has a seating capacity of 21,000. Despite TMZ's earlier reports that tickets to the memorial would be sold, Nipsey's former manager Karen Civil made it clear that that wasn't the case.
Tickets for the memorial will be made available beginning at 10 a.m. PST on axs.com. Only California residents are able to access the tickets. The event will take place on Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.
Obviously, this undertaking will have a lot of moving parts, considering Nipsey's high profile and the location. According to the site, Nipsey's family met with the people who run the Staples Center and local police to plan the event on Wednesday (April 3). This will not be the first time a famous figure's memorial service has been held at the world-famous sporting arena. Michael Jackon's funeral took place there in 2009. The locale is fitting. Nipsey was frequently spotted at his hometown squad's games and the team even held a moment of silence for the slain rapper at one of their recent match-ups against the Golden State Warriors.
Nipsey was shot and killed on March 31 outside of his clothing store, The Marathon, in Los Angeles. Police believe the shooting, which injured two others, was the result of an argument with suspect Eric Holder, who allegedly opened fire on the men outside the store. Holder has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty to the charges and has acquired the services of infamous prosecutor Chris Darden.
Tickets to the memorial are free.
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