The day before he was murdered in cold blood outside his clothing store, rapper Nipsey Hussle was seen smiling, posing and greeting people at a March Madness basketball game.
The 33-year-old attended the West Regional NCAA March Madness basketball elite 8 game between Texas Tech and Gonzaga in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. The next day, he was executed outside his clothing store in Compton.
Hussle, a former gangster turned rapper and entrepreneur, was due to sit down with the LAPD in the coming weeks to discuss gang violence and how to prevent it.
No one has been arrested for his death and fans have gone into a frenzy speculating over the reason behind it.
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Nipsey Hussle was pictured on Saturday at a March Madness basketball game in Anaheim, California. The next day, he was shot dead outside his clothing store
The 33-year-old rapper was in high spirits at the game on Saturday between Texas Tech and Gonzaga
Some believe he was killed because he had been buying up property in Compton in an effort to legitimize himself and the area.
Others believe his death is linked to a documentary he was working on about a herbalist who claimed to have cured AIDS.
The LAPD has not yet suggested a motive for his killing but a source close to the investigation told The Los Angeles Times they believe his killer belonged to a gang.
Nipsey was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital. The two other men were in stable conditions. Eyewitnesses saw a man fleeing in a vehicle after the shooting.
Moments before the gunfire, he had tweeted: 'Having strong enemies is a blessing.'
Hussle was seen socializing at the event with other spectators and smiling for cameras
The rapper, who was also on a mission to eradicate gang violence from the neighborhood where he grew up, was shot multiple times on Sunday. Police are yet to find his killer
Hussle was adored in the music industry. He was due to speak with police in LAPD about gang violence days after his death
Hussle, shown on Saturday, was open about his criminal past. Police are yet to find his killer but sources say he likely belongs to a gang
He had also posed for a photo with a fan's child just outside his store shortly before being shot.
Nipsey grew up in south Los Angeles and often talked about being in the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang in his teenage years.
'We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it,' he told the LA Times in an interview last year.
He had since become a community organizer in South LA. He was involved in the Destination Crenshaw arts project and opened a co-working space called Vector 90 in Crenshaw so young people could take classes in science, technology and math.
In recent years, he had been buying up real estate in the neighborhood to try become a legitimate real estate mogul.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday. He is pictured above posing with a fan's child just moments before the fatal shooting
LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said he was due to meet with Nipsey Hussle and chief of police Michel Moore today to discuss gang violence
Blood stained bandages were spotted on the ground outside the rapper's Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon following the fatal shooting
The 33-year-old Grammy nominee, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was among three people shot outside the Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon
Police outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot on Sunday
People gathered across the street of the Marathon Clothing store on Sunday after reports of the shooting first broke
Tragic: Hussle is survived by his two-year-old son Kross (L) with Poinsettias for Christmas actress Lauren London as well as a daughter Emani (R) from a prior relationship
He and his business partner had plans to turn the plot where his clothing store was into a residential building.
He made his name in the music industry by refusing record deals to remain an independent artist.
Nipsey is survived by his two-year-old son Kross with Poinsettias for Christmas star Lauren London and his