A school located in the neighborhood where Nipsey Hussle was gunned down unveiled a basketball court mural dedicated to the late rapper this past weekend.
Children at Crete Academy, a non-profit charter school in Los Angeles’s Hyde Park neighborhood, commissioned the bright blue mural shortly after the rapper was murdered at the end of March, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The school told the station it only felt right to honor someone who was not just a proud resident of South Los Angeles but one who also invested in and advocated for the community even after making it big.
“For our kids to look at Nipsey and see to see everything he’s done, what he was able to accomplish and how much he gave back to the community is huge for them … because he looks like them,” co-founder Hattie Mitchell said. “He grew up where they grew up. He’s the epitome of everything that they want to be and aspire to be.”
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed outside his Hyde Park clothing store on the afternoon of March 31.
The rapper’s memorial service was held at the Staples Center on Thursday morning. Following the event, his casket was taken on a 25.5-mile funeral procession that passed through the neighborhood.
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