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Nipsey Hussle will be missed.

As we reported, the rapper and community inspiration was shot and killed outside of his clothing store in the Hyde Park area of south Los Angeles. He was 33 years old.

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The musician was in a longtime relationship with Lauren London, whom they share 2-year-old son Kross.While the actress also has 9-year-old son Cameron Carter with Lil Wayne, Hussle shares 7-year-old daughter Emani Asghedom from a previous relationship.

On Thursday, Nipsey’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service was held at the Staples Center, which featured touching messages from London, as well as JAY-Z and Barack Obama. Beyoncé was also in attendance at the ceremony.

Here are all the moments:

Lauren london & Kids

In the memorial program, Hussle’s girlfriend of five years shared a text message she sent to him on January 21. It read:

“I want you to know I feel real joy in my heart when I’m around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you’re around, I am totally myself when I’m with you (which is prob why I’m annoying) because I don’t wear a cool mask anymore lol.”

In her message, London praised the rapper for making her into “more of a woman,” adding:

“And… you’re still the coolest guy in the world to me. Still! I love you so much. Unconditionally. My truth is this. I’m never going to give up on you. My loyalty and devotion is to you.

Lauren also appeared on stage, where she brought along their children, as well as Khalil Kimble, identified by Page Six as Nipsey’s young nephew.

Kameron told a story of a dream he had in which Hussle appeared:

“On the night of April 2, I had a dream that I was in paradise, and I was playing in the ocean water when [Nipsey’s real name] Ermias appeared… He said, ‘What up, Killa?’ because that was my nickname …  I turned around and I held his hand and I gave him a hug… It was still cool, I guess… Ermias told me what it was like in paradise.’”

During her speech, Lauren discussed how Nipsey was a great father to his children, adding:

“My pain is for my 2-year-old who probably won’t remember how much his dad loved him.”

She also shared a saying Hussle always said to her:

“You can’t possess people, that you experience them. I’m so honored and blessed that I got to experience him.”

WATCH a clip (below):


In the memorial program, JAY-Z wrote:

“The world just got to see a flash of your brilliance. You were a curious soul who was evolving at a speed that was truly inspiring… The seeds you have planted are already bearing fruit. The outpouring of admiration is testimony to the love and respect you’ve farmed. Sleep well King. The Marathon continues as a line of energy for all of us to consider.”

Both him and his wife, Beyoncé, were spotted at the service to pay their respects.

barack obama

Former president Barack Obama submitted a letter, which was read out-loud by Nipsey’s business partner, Karen Civil,  at the ceremony.

It read:

“I’d never met Nipsey Hussle, but I’d heard some of his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work. While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it — to build a skills training center and a coworking space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow — is a legacy worth of celebration. I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it.”

WATCH a clip (below):

snoop dogg

Snoop Dogg took the stage and said he and the late musician shared a “spirit of love.” He exclaimed:

“One thing me and Nip had [in common] was a kind spirit. A spirit of love. When we met each other it was like a magnet coming together.”

WATCH (below):

Nipsey’s parents

Nipsey’s parents, father Dawit Asghedom and mother Angelique Smith, took the stage to honor their late son.

Smith shared one of the final text messages Nipsey sent her, that read:

“Hey mom. I love you. I’m just sending you some positive energy for your day. I hope that you have a beautiful day.”

Angelique also spoke about the legacy of love her son left behind. WATCH the video (below):

Rest in peace and power, Nipsey. Your legacy makes the world a better place.

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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