Barack Obama paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle during the live-streamed memorial service via a letter read out by Nipsey's close friend and business partner, Karen Civil.
“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama wrote.
“He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it — to build a skills training center and a cowering space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow — is a legacy worthy of celebration.”
A letter from Obama shows just how deeply Nipsey impacted on the community. The memorial, which was streamed live for those who could not attend, brought viewers to tears as the life of Nipsey was celebrated. His partner, Lauren London, vowed to continue the work he started.