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Nipsey Hussle Square: Intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson Will Be Named to Honor ‘West Coast Hero’

8:25 AM PDT on April 10, 2019

[dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] piece of Crenshaw will be named in Nipsey Hussle's honor. The corner of Crenshaw and Slauson, near Hussle's store Marathon Clothing, will be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, after a petition to do so got nearly half a million online signatures.

Hussle was killed March 31 outside Marathon. Since then, a public outpouring of grief, support, and remembrances have cemented a legacy as a Los Angeles original. Tickets to a public "celebration of life" at Staples Center to honor the slain activist and rapper disappeared in less than an hour Tuesday morning. Wednesday morning, his name and contributions to his community were officially recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record on the House floor by Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat who represents much of South Los Angeles.

Hussle invested heavily in Crenshaw, buying property, creating jobs, and working with Harris-Dawson and other leaders of the community on the Destination Crenshaw project. "Ermias Asghedom known as 'Nipsey Hussle' was an icon and West Coast hero," said L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who represents the area. "Nipsey's genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans, and his larger community."

"Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart," Harris-Dawson said.

The two-hour ceremony at Staples Center on Thursday will be followed by a "victory lap" from downtown to various destinations in South Los Angeles identified with Nipsey's life and music.

According to Instagram posts, some ticketholders to the event were scalping tickets online.

#NIPSEYHUSSLE THREAD For your planning purposes, here’s the Nipsey Hussle final #VictoryLap route that will take place after his memorial at Staples Center Thursday. Plan accordingly. #SouthLA #Inglewood #Watts

— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) April 9, 2019

RELATED: L.A. Taco Podcast: There Are 'Nipsey Hussles' Everywhere: A Special Report on the Startling Loss of a Crenshaw Hero

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