Nipsey Hussle's Mother Delivered Pockets Of Peace And Wisdom At Son's Memorial

Angelique Smith, the mother of Nipsey Hussle delivered a powerful message during his memorial service on Thursday (April 11).

Her stories about Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, were sweet and sincere as she shared how her son always put his family first. Before speaking about their fondest moments, she performed a ritual where she poured libations in honor of her son's transition to their Eritrean ancestors.

"I want to do something that is very new to me," she said with her husband and Nipsey's father Dawit Asghedom by her side. "I have perfect peace, I am happy, I am complete. I am strong and if I can feel this way, so can you. We call on the creator of everything and on Mother Earth who sustains us. We call on the energies who guide and protect us as we make our way on in life. We call on our ancestors to join us at this service," she said while listening late family members.

"And we ask those ancestors (Ashe) and now I pour librations to the ancestors. And we ask those ancestors of Ermias Joseph Asghedom, to keep him company on his journey and we ask them to be there. I would ask all of our ancestors to guide and protect us and give us the gift of perfect peace. We asking that Ermais have a safe transition to his final resting place and that when he reaches that place we are also asking for these ancestors to reach him."

After the ritual, she spoke highly of her son and asked the audience to follow his path by leading a healthy lifestyle by adapting veganism and limiting the intake of liquor. She also shared how she and her mother was aware of death coming. "I felt spiritually in my soul as if Ermias was going to leave," she said. "We had closure conversations through text messaging with one another. I think Ermias knew too. Because Ermias was doing things differently."

He visited his grandmother every day, an action she appreciated. "He would tell my mom, I love you Granny and he would give her a kiss and he would tell her if there was anything you need, let me know. The Saturday before his death, she said she told him: "I said my heart feels as if there's possibly heaviness in your heart and soul. Ermias said, "No Mom, I'm A-1.'"

"My son Ermias Joseph Asghedom was a great man. He was intelligent, radiant and a superhero...We have to be a light of change that we want in the world."

Watch a portion of her speech above and in full, here.

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The cop in question, Valerie Cincinelli, reportedly asked her boyfriend to hire a hitman to kill her estranged husband and his own daughter. Instead, the boyfriend told the FBI about her plans.

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Gang Member May Testify Against Defendants In 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz' Murder Trial

A member of the Trinitarios gang who witnessed the fatal stabbing of Bronx teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz may take the stand against five defendants this week.

The first of two murder trials for the killing of Junior Guzman-Feliz began earlier this month, NBC4 New York reports. Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago (24), Jonaiki Martinez Estrella (24), Jose Muniz (21) and Manuel Rivera (18) and Elvin Garcia (23) were given second-degree murder, manslaughter, conspiracy, gang assault and criminal possession of weapon charges for the June 2018 stabbing of the 15-year-old.

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A total of eleven women and one man make up the jury. During the first few days of the trial, the courtroom watched three clips from the harrowing incident that showed Guzman-Feliz before and after the attack. The teen was reportedly stabbed by the defendants in a case of mistaken identity.

One of the clips was never seen by the public and showed the attackers dragging Junior out of the grocery story with the teen fighting back as the gang yielded machete and knives. Later in the trial, jurors were shown 13 different angles and the six locations of the group looking for the teen.

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Defense attorneys cross-examined witnesses like a woman who saw what happened from her apartment window. The witness said Junior motioned for her to call the police. After heading outside to help the teen, she said in disturbing detail his last word was "water."

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"I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted on Sunday (May 19). "I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department." In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) revealed that 26 transgender people were murdered. Black transgender women made up a majority of that figure.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department.

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