LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of fans gathered on Slauson Avenue to form a single file line to pay respect for a city legend early Sunday.
Thirty at a time were allowed to enter a parking lot where tragedy recently struck.
All this was happening while a large mural was being completed in the late rapper Nipsey Hussle’s likeness, cellphone photos were being captured and a plethora of items were being left out front of his Marathon Clothing store where he was fatally shot and killed exactly one week ago.
In the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death at age 33, the Los Angeles community continues to mourn his death and so does the NBA community as his memorial service is set to be held at the Staples Center on Thursday morning, according to TMZ.
Ahead of the Utah Jazz’s tipoff against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Donovan Mitchell and Georges Niang both admitted to feeling that emotion once the team plane touched down in Los Angeles.
“The crazy part is, I don’t know Nipsey, I don’t know anybody around Nipsey, I don’t know anybody close to him, but it feels like you just lost somebody close to you,” Mitchell told the Deseret News. “I think that’s what really sticks out to me is the impact he had.
“Obviously, you see that with all the different gangs coming together and being united; I don’t think that’s happened for anything … ,” he continued. “I read something that someone said today that, ‘God doesn’t make any mistakes,’ and we’re all sorry for the loss but this will be the big piece and a big step that will be coming and I don’t know what that is but it allows us to be even more aware.
“When you lose someone that was close to a lot of people, it really hits home and the way that it happened, too, just shows how senseless some of the stuff that’s going on is.”
Niang agreed with Mitchell that he could still feel Nipsey Hussle’s death looming over the city — but in a positive way — especially with the recent peace rally among local gangs and the Lakers honoring him ahead of the Golden State Warriors game on Thursday night.
Numerous players such as Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have also paid homage through social media posts, sneakers and memorable on-court performances as Nipsey Hussle's legacy continues to live on.Comment on this story
“Obviously looking at how that situation played out it’s really unfortunate and sad that someone who had done so much for a community that needed a lot of help was taken away way too soon,” Niang said. “Obviously the city is mourning and the effect that Nipsey had on so many people was tremendous and it’s sad that it happened and I think it’s on us to continue to carry the torch to continue to help his community and lead by example.
“Not us as role models in the NBA but I think everybody that can help out in their community and take what he did,” he added. “It’s bigger than the whole gang-related thing or what set you are. It’s about people helping people.”