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Nipsey Hussle's murder rattles LA's tight-knit Eritrean community

A photo of Nipsey Hussle from his recent memorial service sits behind the bar at Industry Cafe & Jazz in Culver City. Its owner, Aron Tadesse, is part of the same tightly knit local Eritrean community that Hussle, the son of an Eritrean immigrant father, was raised in.
A photo of Nipsey Hussle from his recent memorial service sits behind the bar at Industry Cafe & Jazz in Culver City. Its owner, Aron Tadesse, is part of the same tightly knit local Eritrean community that Hussle, the son of an Eritrean immigrant father, was raised in.
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The murder last month of L.A. rapper, entrepreneur and community activist Nipsey Hussle focused attention on the small but tight-knit community of Eritreans, East African immigrants who have lived in Southern California for decades. Hussle’s father is Eritrean, and the late rapper proudly embraced his Eritrean roots, just as members of the community embraced him as one of their own.

Local Eritrean Americans say they share a close bond, born of the struggles that their country endured during a 30-year war for independence from neighboring Ethiopia.