Suspect in Nipsey Hussle Shooting Is an Aspiring Musician Who Rapped about Murders and Shootings
Eric Holder, the man who fatally shot Nipsey Hussle last Sunday, is an aspiring rapper. Holder, now in custody under LAPD, sang of body bags, gun blasts, and bloody homicides.
The man, identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder, was also a member of the Crips gang and known in the streets with the nicknames Fly Mac and S***y Cuz.
He was an aspiring rapper which labeled himself as “da great,” and had put out nine tracks through Soundcloud in between 2015 and 2018.
On his latest track, “Bounce to This', he says, “hit 'em up and watch them die...leave your momma traumatized” and describes having an “itchy trigger finger.”
Most of his songs follow the same theme, homicides, and guns. The handle of his now-deleted Instagram account was “ima_god_in_da_streetz" and he had three different Facebook accounts under Fly Mac, all created in different years.
Those accounts are now filled with angered comments from Nipsey's fans.
Holder was arrested on Tuesday in the Bellflower neighborhood in L.A, one day after the L.A. Police Department shared his picture on social media, asking him to surrender and urging the community to be on the lookout and share any information available on his whereabouts.
The man was officially charged on Wednesday and faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He could face life in prison, and his bail is already set on over $7 million.
TMZ reported that Holder is being held in solitary confinement, as police believe he’s a target for the other inmates.
Video surveillance of the shooting captured a man believed to be Holder walking to Nipsey Hussle and two other men and opening fire on them in front of the rapper’s Marathon Clothing store.
Holder first shot from a distance and then at close range, kicking Hussle before escaping through an alley.
Nipsey died from gunshot wounds on his head and torso. The two other men were injured but are now stable.
Herman Douglas, who described himself as Nipsey’s business partner and was there at the moment of the shooting, told the Los Angeles Times that Holder had no real motive to kill Hussle, he did it out of envy, jealousy, and hate.
“Me and Nipsey was talking, and the dude that shot him, he came and shook our hands. Said he was a rapper and this old bulls**t,” Douglas recalled. “Shook our hands, the dude went and got his burger. He left.”
“So, I might have left Nipsey’s side maybe three seconds. I left him maybe, approximately three seconds that I had left Nipsey and the dude came and shot him.”
Douglas, like many others including rapper T.I, believes Holder was just jealous of Nipsey’s success. “What seems to be a less talented rapper had envy and hate in his eyes,” he said. “It was nothing else. It was no motive. It was no beef.”
A BIG LOSS TO THE COMMUNITY
Nipsey was respected among his peers not only for his talent as a musician but also for his efforts to help young people in his community through several programs to steer them away from the gang violence in which he grew up.
“He was a gifted and brilliant artist, an entrepreneur who found global success, who was working closely with this city to save lives and transform them, even as he was doing that for himself,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said of Hussle at a press conference.
“He was a tireless advocate for the young people of this city and this world, to lift them up with possibility and to not be imprisoned by where you come from or past mistakes.”
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, revealed that Hussle had requested a meeting with law enforcement officers to discuss ways to put a stop to gang violence. The meeting was scheduled for Monday, but Hussle died the day before.
Herman Douglas wants Nipsey’s fans to know that the rapper would want them to move forward with whatever projects they have, and believes Hussle’s efforts to empower young people in his community will continue.
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