Autopsy results in as his anti-gang efforts highlighted

Rapper Nipsey Hussle died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Monday. 

The rapper’s autopsy was completed Monday and his death was certified a homicide.

As the manhunt for Hussle’s killer continues, on Tuesday morning Police Chief Michel R. Moore “will address the surge in violence in the city of Los Angeles and there will be an update on the murder investigation of Nipsey Hussle,” according to the LAPD’s website.

Meanwhile, a confab Hussle had requested with the Los Angeles Police Commission on how to stop gang violence, previously set for Monday, is being rescheduled in the rapper’s honor, Steve Soboroff, president of the commission, told NBC News and ABC News. USA TODAY has reached out to the commissioner’s office. 

Soboroff revealed earlier Monday that he and Moore had a Monday meeting scheduled with Hussle and Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” he tweeted. “I’m so very sad.”

A native of Crenshaw, Hussle was widely admired for his community-building and investment in local businesses, public schools and in young adults learning coding and other tech skills. 

“I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was. He loved us,” film director Ava DuVernay tweeted. “He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die. Rest in Power, King. You mattered.”

Born on Aug. 15, 1985, Hussle said his first passion was music, but getting resources was tough after leaving his mother’s house at 14 to live with his grandmother. He said he got involved in street life as he tried to support himself, and he joined the gang Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips as a teenager.

“I grew up in gang culture,” Hussle told The Los Angeles Times in 2018. “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. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”

Contributing: Susan Haas, Carly Mallenbaum, The Associated Press

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