She’s speaking out. Nearly one week after beloved rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot, his grandmother is breaking her silence. Margaret Boutte, 88, opened up about her grandson in an interview with local news station CBS2 and she revealed how the family found out about Hussle’s shooting.
Boutte said that she was home on Sunday when Hussle (real name: Ermias Asghedom) called his brother Samiel Asghedom and told him that he had been shot.
“He got the call and he ran out of here so fast. He never did that in the morning. Right away, I called his mother. I said ‘Angel, something must have happened.’ I said ‘Samiel jumped up, he didn’t take his shower, he got out of here so fast’,” she said.
Asghedom rushed to The Marathon — the clothing store that Hussle owned — which is where he had been shot. Asghedom made it in time to be with Hussle as he took his final breaths.
“Sammy got up there soon enough to start helping his brother. Ermias knew Sammy was there before he died,” Boutte said.
On March 31, Hussle died after suffering multiple “gunshot wounds of the head and torso,” according to the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Just four days later, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that they had charged Hussle’s alleged shooter, Eric Ronald Holder Jr., with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release obtained by In Touch. Holder was arraigned later that day and his attorney, Chris Darden, entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf, and his bail was set at $5 million. Holder is due back in court on May 10.
As for Boutte, she said that she is finding comfort in the fact that her grandson was able to touch so many people through his music.
“I never knew there was so much love like I love him. So that’s uplifting that so many people loved and understood him,” Boutte said. “I hope these young people will get the message and live a better life — live a better life.”