CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Taking back the community and sparking change — that was the focus of a prayer service in Chesapeake to remember slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The musician and activist was shot and killed over the weekend in Los Angeles.
The community also prayed for an end to gun violence in the Seven Cities.
The pastor of The Experience Church said the same gun violence that killed the rapper is happening here in Hampton Roads.
Speakers encouraged people to turn away from violence and instead to turn to God.
Since his death on Sunday, the loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle has been felt across the country, including in Hampton Roads.
“We just want to let Nipsey’s entire family know that we in Hampton Roads are praying for you,” pastor John Moore said.
Born Ermias Asghedom, the rapper was gunned down in front of his clothing store in south LA.
On Wednesday night, the church prayed for Hussle’s family and to spark a movement for change in the Seven Cities.
“With so much violence that is shaping, taking place in our area, we are really gonna be praying for that,” Moore said.
Hussle is being remembered as a champion for his roots. LA officials said he was involved with several projects to give back to the area he grew up in.
“I think one of his main objectives was to help people, to encourage people, and to provide job opportunities to people,” Moore said.
Hussle was also trying to end violence in the community. It’s the same message Moore is trying to send to his community.
Speakers gave testimonials about a former life on the streets and eventually leaving it behind.
“Our objective is to show young people and parents that there can be another alternative. You don’t have to resort to violence,” Moore said.
Although his life was cut short, Moore hopes people won’t forget Hussle’s legacy.
“The takeaway for tonight is to let people know there is a better way. There’s a better way and Nipsey was the model for that,” Moore said.
Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams also remembered Hussle on social media saying he was “about something positive,” and he added “because of that you inspired millions.”