Hundreds attend Columbus vigil for rapper Nipsey Hussle

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All across the world, people were coming together to remember Nipsey Hussle, the rapper who was shot and killed Sunday in Los Angeles.

And in central Ohio, more than a hundred people lit candles in memory of him.

“It just goes to show you who he was as a person we all felt related. Everyone felt like they mourned a family member,” fan, Yodit Tecle said. 

Just hours before he was shot and killed, he tweeted: “having strong enemies is a blessing.”

People said his enemies were weak Sunday afternoon, but his legacy continues to live on.

“He gave back to his community and he represented and a lot of fans admired him for what he did because he represented good,” fan, Myla Boahen said.

People of all ages, even as young as 8 years old took the stage to share the reasons why the musician will be missed.

“He gave me confidence to do what I’m supposed to do,” a young fan said.

Even though he had no direct ties to Columbus, fans said their lives were directly impacted by him through his philanthropies and his music.

People also said they became prouder of their Eritrean culture because of him.

“Growing up not a lot of people knew what Eritrean was and he put it on the map so he let us represent our country with pride,” fan, Sefora Seyoum said.

Although his alleged shooter is now behind bars, people are hoping this serves as a wakeup call to end the violence.

“It’s scary, it’s sad, Belcher said. 

The rapper was 33 years old and leaves behind a longtime girlfriend and two young kids.

The suspect was identified as Eric Holder.

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