Free passes available for Nipsey Hussle memorial Tuesday

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Angelenos interested in paying their respects to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle will have their chance to do so this Thursday at Staples Center.

The public memorial is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, with free tickets up for grabs at axs.com on Tuesday, also at 10 a.m., though only California residents are eligible. Angelenos trying to obtain tickets should enter their ZIP code when asked for a promo code on the website. There is a four-ticket limit per household.

Although the ceremony won’t start until 10, attendees are encouraged to arrive early. No backpacks will be allowed, and guests can expect metal-detector screening and other searches. Recording devices will also be strictly prohibited, and anyone seen taking photos or recording the event will be asked to leave.

More details are available at www.staplescenter.com/events/detail/nipseyhussle.

Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was fatally shot March 31 at about 3:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of Slauson Avenue, in front of The Marathon Clothing in Hyde Park. He was pronounced dead at the hospital later that day, and suspect Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was arrested last week.

Police say Holder shot Hussle over a personal dispute, rather than a gang rivalry or feud.

“We believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore. “I’m not going to go into the conversations, but it appears to be a personal matter between the two of them.”

Moore was among those who mourned Hussle, calling him a force for good in the South Los Angeles community. Others included fellow celebrities and artists, such as Rihanna and Drake.

“My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this,” Drake said in an Instagram post. “Nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us.”

Hussle was from the Crenshaw neighborhood and worked on music with members of both the Crips and Blood gangs, TMZ reported. Additionally, he was part of a team of artists and entrepreneurs who developed Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum devoted to honoring African-American artistic achievement.

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