Professionally known as Nipsey Hussle, Airmiess Joseph Asghedom was fatally shot in the parking lot of his store Marathon Clothing in Crenshaw, Los Angeles County, California, United States at 3:18 p.m. on March 31, 2019. He was 33.
The gunman was Eric Ronald Holder Jr., now 32. On July 6, 2022, a jury in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County found him guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter relating to injuries he caused to bystanders.
Hussle and Holder grew up together in Crenshaw and they were both members of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang. Hussle’s music career started when he independently released his first mixtape “Slauson Boy Volume 1” in December 2005.
In 2017, Hussle opened his Marathon Clothing store in Crenshaw. On March 31, 2019, Holder asked Bryannita Nicholson to drive him to the store.
According to Nicholson, she and Holder were in a casual relationship at the time. He left her in the car and talked to Hussle and two others outside the store while the rapper was signing autographs for fans.
Accused of being a snitch, Holder became and angry so he left. While eating with Nicholson in her car, he told her he would be right back and she should stay there. He went back to the store and used a semiautomatic revolver to shoot Hussle at least 10 times, which hit two other bystanders.
Nicholson heard the gunshots but was unaware of what exactly happened when Holder rushed back to her car and instructed her to drive. She later turned herself in and identified him as the gunman, leading to his arrest in Bellflower, Los Angeles County on March 21, 2019.
On September 15, 22, Holder is due back in court for sentencing. He is represented by Aaron Jansen.
“It was always going to be a tough given the high profile circumstances surrounding the case,” Jansen told Billboard. “We are grateful that the jury agreed with us, in part, that the case was overcharged and acquitted Mr. Holder, Jr. of the two attempted murder charges.”