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Nipsey Hussle’s Brother, Who Found the Rapper Dying Outside His South L.A. Store, Recounts His Final Moments

Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the STAPLES Center during the 2018 BET Experience on June 23, 2018. (Credit: Ser Baffo / Getty Images for BET)

Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the STAPLES Center during the 2018 BET Experience on June 23, 2018. (Credit: Ser Baffo / Getty Images for BET)

The caller on the other end of Samiel Asghedom’s phone was panicked but clear. His younger brother — known to the world as rapper Nipsey Hussle, but to Samiel as just Nips — had been shot.

It was Sunday afternoon — hours before hundreds of mourners would descend on South Los Angeles to remember a man known as much for his boastful music as for his humble contributions to his community. And days before a man named Eric Holder would be charged with murder.

Samiel jumped into his car parked outside of his grandmother’s house. He ignored the red lights as he raced down Slauson Avenue — the South Los Angeles street that he and Nips were working to uplift. He arrived at the Marathon Clothing store precious minutes after a gunman fired multiple rounds into Nips, but before the paramedics pulled up. The time when life can precariously slip into death.

Blood stained the front of his brother’s shirt and a hole marked where a bullet entered his leg.

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People mourn Nipsey Hussle outside his Hyde Park store The Marathon Clothing on April 1, 2019, the day after the rapper was fatally shot there. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Image)

People mourn Nipsey Hussle outside his Hyde Park store The Marathon Clothing on April 1, 2019, the day after the rapper was fatally shot there. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Image)

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