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Eric Holder Jr. Convicted of First-Degree Murder in Nipsey Hussle Trial

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Three years after Grammy-winning rapper, visionary entrepreneur and hometown hero Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in a stunning public slaying outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, his admitted killer was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday.

A jury of nine women and three men decided Eric Ronald Holder Jr. acted with premeditation when he opened fire on the beloved musician with a black semiautomatic in one hand and a silver revolver in the other during an afternoon ambush at a strip mall parking lot on March 31, 2019. Holder Jr. was also found guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and possession of a fire arm.

Whereas an estimated 20,000 fans and music industry elite packed the Staples Center for Hussle’s public memorial – and thousands more mobbed his hearse during its 25-mile procession through the streets of South Los Angeles – Holder was on his own in the courtroom when he learned his fate, save for his public defense team.

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In his closing argument last week, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney highlighted the devastating loss at the center of the trial that Hussle’s immediate family chose not to attend. The prosecutor called Hussle “a favorite son” of South Los Angeles who transcended the “pockets of concentrated poverty” and perils of gang life gripping his Hyde Park neighborhood to become an acclaimed recording artist, burgeoning entrepreneur and noted philanthropist.

“The streets he used to run as a young man became the life material that he used to become a voice of those same streets. While some people get successful, they make money, they leave their neighborhood, they change their address, this man was different. He wanted to change the neighborhood. He invested in the neighborhood. He kept the same friends and the neighborhood loved him. They called him Neighborhood Nip,” McKinney said.

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