LOS ANGELES | The gang member who shot and killed American rapper Nipsey Hussle in March 2019 was convicted of murder in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday.
Eric Holder, 32, had admitted during the trial to have committed murder, but claimed to have acted “under the influence of passion”, without any premeditation.
The prosecution had for its part told at the opening of the proceedings how Eric Holder had returned, ten minutes after a verbal altercation with Nipsey Hussle, brandishing a handgun in each hand to open fire on the artist.
The rising rap star, who told his killer that a neighborhood rumor accused him of being a “libra,” was hit by at minus ten bullets before collapsing outside a clothing store she had founded in her south Los Angeles neighborhood.
Eric Holder then kicked Nipsey Hussle, 33, in the head, shouting “you're finished” before fleeing.
The jury did not consider the arguments of the defense which pleaded for a simple “homicide”. He found Eric Holder guilty of “first degree murder”, in other words intentional and intentional homicide.
Eric Holder faces life imprisonment. He will know his sentence at a hearing scheduled for September 15.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, many stars had paid tribute to the rapper from the underground rap scene, who, in the absence of great commercial success, enjoyed the esteem of the world of hip-hop.
Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom in a family of Eritrean origin, had notably composed songs for singers affiliated with gangs, that of the Crips to which he had belonged, but also the Bloods, their great rivals, had noted Snoop Dogg, hailing his role as a peacemaker fighting street violence.
Tens of thousands of people attended the ceremony held in his memory in Los Angeles, where a message from former US President Barack Obama had been read.
“He was an example for young people to follow,” he wrote, praising his social commitment in the underprivileged neighborhood of Crenshaw, in South Los Angeles.< /p>
“While most people saw only gangs, bullets and despair, N ipsey saw potential. He saw hope,” Obama said.