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Rival Gangs in L.A Unite for Peace Talk After Nipsey Hussle’s Death

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Nipsey Hussle speaks to kids at the Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images North America)

*It seems the notorious gangs of South Los Angeles have been greatly impacted by the death of Nipsey Hussle, as the tragedy has reportedly sparked a peace movement among rival members.

The rapper was fatally shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store on March 31. Since then, warring gangs have been in talks over possible truces, the Guardian reports.

According to the publication, dozens of bangers from sets including the Rollin’ 60s and the 8 Trey Gangster Crips (who have been at war for decades) – have come together in the days after Hussle was gunned down by reputed gang member Eric Holder.

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Nipsey Hussle speaks to kids at the Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images North America)

“It was one of the best feelings of my whole life, it really was,” Hussle’s pal Shamond Bennett who’s part of the Rollin’ 60s with Hussle, told the Guardian. “They welcomed me with open arms. That first handshake, and then them hugs, it’s like it’s real now. It was amazing. It was beautiful.”

Holder has been charged with Nipsey’s murder and the attempted murders of two men who were injured in the attack. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prior to his death, Hussle, 33, spoke about his involvement in the Rollin’ 60s but he was also known for unifying gang members. The Grammy-nominated artist was a beloved member of the community that he was constantly investing in and building up. Hussle was set to meet with the LAPD over how to curb gang violence the day after he was murdered.

Ex-gang member Edward Scott described the peaceful union as “history, because they got to stand on the same square, not incarcerated, but on the streets, coming together.”

But Interventionist Darrell Gray noted, “Forty years of conflict just don’t end overnight.”

Meanwhile, LaTanya Ward, a member of the Bloods gang Black P Stones, believes progress is being made.

“Right now, we just working on community agreements, how we gonna govern our own neighborhoods,” she said. “I feel very f—ing optimistic.”

Hussle’s violent death is a “common thing for people that come from where we come from,” Ward said.

“To be killed by they own homies, or just violently like that, and for no reason, we used to it,” she added.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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