March 31 marked one year since influential activist and Grammy-winning musician Nipsey Hussle was killed outside of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. 

His partner, actress Lauren London, shared a touching poem on Instagram about Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom.






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Time is deceptive It’s been a year since you transitioned The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago God knows I would give anything to see you again I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this Prayers have kept me together The kids keep me going and Gods Grace and Mercy have carried me this far As today makes a year I stand strong because of you Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit With every breath i take I honor you I carry this pain with purpose I promise I will make you proud I promise to apply everything you taught me In life and in death Ermias Asghedom There will never be another Until we are together again.... I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already)🏁

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In her post, London said the pain of his death was "as heavy today as it was a year ago."

"God knows I would give anything to see you again I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this Prayers have kept me together The kids keep me going and Gods Grace and Mercy have carried me this far," she wrote.

"As today makes a year I stand strong because of you Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear," she added.

The comment section of her post was filled with blue hearts, a reference to Hussle's signature blue that he often wore partially due to his longstanding ties to the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips.

She called Hussle her "greatest teacher" and said he was still with them in spirit because she carries his messages with her. London promised to make him proud and use what he taught her throughout the rest of her life.

"Ermias Asghedom There will never be another Until we are together again.... I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already)🏁," she wrote.

There was a massive outpouring on social media of fans reminiscing on Hussle's legacy in Los Angeles and in the wider hip-hop community. During a procession after his death last year, multiple rival gangs marched together as a sign of respect for his legacy. 

Unfortunately, because of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, family and fans were not able to congregate to celebrate Hussle's life. However, much of the work the late rapper started in ending gang violence is still being carried on by local community leaders who have used his legacy to decrease gun violence in Los Angeles.

"Aren't enough people dead, enough people shot? This is also what Nipsey was about," said Skipp Townsend, an expert who hosts weekly meetings between gang members to reduce the violence.

Townsend spoke to NBC News about his work in the community and how Hussle's death helped spur efforts to initiate discussions between rival gangs. 

There have been dozens of murals painted across Los Angeles in Hussle's honor, and rappers with different gang affiliations honored him on the anniversary of his death.









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Hu$$le man..... can’t believe it’s been one year since you departed from this krazy world. “Time flies” has an entire different meaning these days. I know you’re proud of what your life’s mission has accomplished in the past 12 months. You have truly touched the hearts of people all around the world. Your face is everywhere... your music is timeless & your words are heard loud & clear. There are newborns named “Ermias” & I can’t get on anything and not see someone quoting you. A true KING to his people with a heart of gold. A pure soul who knew exactly what the world needed for motivation. My only wish is that you could’ve been here to see it all unfold yourself. Here for times like now when people need to be uplifted the most. The ultimate sacrifice: surrendering your life to God so that others would learn that there is much more to life than to care only for ones self. The world is about to hard reset & I’d like to think that you were one of the reasons for what’s to come in the future. A world where we have to think before we act. Care for those around us. Remember the importance of the everyday essentials, clean food, water, herbs & taking care of the most important thing on earth.... HUMANITY. Being forced to stay inside & with those closest to you is not a bad thing in my eyes. Yes, the pandemic is claiming lives & my loves goes out to the families of those lost.... But, I see this as a peaceful time that we will never see again in our lifetime. A time to reflect, empower, strategize & focus on how to make a true impact to what will soon be the new world. Things will never be the same after this & it is on all of us to adapt efficiently & contribute positively for all of us so that we can live in a world as ONE. The earth as we know it is sick... We are all home waiting for what’s next. While we’re waiting, let’s not add to the problem but prepare to be apart of the solution. We all need US. Especially now.... my love is with every single person on this earth during these times. This is the mark of a NEW BEGINNING. I’m ready enough for all of us. #TheMarathonContinues #LongLiveNipseyHussle 🏁 [@madsteez thank you for this piece, can’t wait to hang it]

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Police arrested 30-year-old rapper Eric Holder Jr. in connection to the shooting and charged him with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and has since sought to have the attempted murder charges dropped.