From childhood memories to being by Nipsey Hussle’s side throughout his career, the latter’s older sibling Samiel Asghedom fought back tears to uplift his brother’s memory during his memorial service.
He fought tears as he read his tribute; “You made the world proud.” Three years older than Hussle, Asghedom was so clearly heartbroken that there was a question of whether he could deliver the entire speech. Asghedom gripped the microphone tightly in his right hand and stared downward, his voice often cracking in emotion.
His long silences were all the more powerful as Asghedom conveyed he was still dealing with the senseless shooting death and hoped something good could come from the tragedy. “It changed everything I thought I understood,” he said. “Gotta be something past this for
“I could not believe this, he had built a computer,” Asghedom said. “And it was working. I was amazed. It was mind-boggling.” There were tales of toughness, as Asghedom related being knocked out cold in a fight with neighborhood bullies, and came to consciousness to see Hussle in battle. “Bro held it down while I was out, for sure,” he said.
“We don’t know if we’re going to go at 80, 60, 30. Or 20,” he recalled, his voice finding power. “The one thing is that when you go, you go the right way. You stand up for what you believe in. You put your money where your mouth is. And you never fold.
Never let the pressure sway you from doing what you want to do. Never let the politics stop you from coming around and staying around. And I hope everyone knows that’s what bro did. Bro stayed and he died on Crenshaw and Slauson.” Before he left the stage, Asghedom said, “I love him. And I hope I didn’t leave anything out man.”