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July 6, 2022: Eric Holder Found Guilty of Murdering Ermias Asghedom, Also Known as Nipsey Hussle

Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that Eric Holder was convicted today of killing rap artist Nipsey Hussle and wounding two others in South Los Angeles three years ago.

“Nipsey Hussle was a beloved member of our community. He showed a commitment to improving schools within his neighborhood and investing in underserved communities,” District Attorney Gascón said. “He also used his platform to advocate for gang violence prevention and to ensure we create thriving communities. His legacy will continue to inspire our work.

Today we secured accountability for the loss of his life and will continue to work alongside so many others to realize a brighter future. We know there is no way to replace what was taken from his family, friends and fans who loved him but we pray this verdict will move them one step closer to finding peace.”

A jury deliberated for more than day before finding Eric Ronald Holder Jr. (dob 11/21/89) guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The panel also found true the allegations that Holder personally used a handgun and caused great bodily injury and death.

Sentencing is set for September 15 in Department 104 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On March 31, 2019, Holder fatally shot Ermias Asghedom, also known as Nipsey Hussle, outside the rapper’s clothing store in South Los Angeles. Two other men also were wounded in the attack.

Holder fled the scene and was arrested two days later in Bellflower. He was indicted in mid-2019.

Case BA475908 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.