Tickets to a public memorial service slated for Thursday at the Los Angeles’ Staples Center for late rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle were snapped up within 40 minutes Tuesday morning, leaving many a mourning fan crestfallen.
The free tickets for ‘Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life’ at the Staples Center Thursday were available online at 10 a.m. By 10:45, Staples staff said tickets had been fully distributed. Tickets were limited to four per household, and to California residents only.
“All Tickets for Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life have been distributed and no additional tickets will be available,” said Staples VP of Marketing and Communications Cara Vanderhook before 11 a.m.
Vanderhook said it would be up to Nipsey Hussle’s family to release the number of tickets distributed and whether to livestream the public event announced Saturday.
On Tuesday morning, tickets appeared to be available on Craigslist and other unofficial sites for as much as much as $400 a ticket, according to reports.
“We have reached out to resale websites to ask not to put them up,” said Vanderhook on the issue.
“It’s so sad that someone would try to capitalize on someone’s death … we’re trying to make the availability as wide as possible and combat against resale but we do everything we can and it still happens.”
so basically… no LA locals were able to acquire tickets for Nipsey’s funeral due to people reselling them…. the disgust that I have.
— 𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙 𝕶𝖎𝖒 (@TheCourtKim) April 9, 2019
if y’all are really out here buying up Nipsey memorial tickets and re-selling them at insane prices….smh that’s a shame.
— Raven Felix (@RavenFelix) April 9, 2019
On social media, fans expressed dismay at efforts to sell the free tickets. A funeral procession around the streets of South Los Angeles is reportedly planned following the memorial service.
The 33-year-old rapper and Crenshaw native — whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom — was fatally shot March 31 in front of The Marathon Clothing store he owned in the 3400 block of West Slauson Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles.
The community activist with Eritrean roots was beloved for investing in his community by founding local and establishing himself a voice of peace and unity despite his past as a gang member.
On Thursday, 29-year-old Eric Ronald Holder Jr. pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with two counts of attempted murder.
The charges include an allegation that Holder personally and intentionally discharged a handgun which caused great bodily injury and death to Hussle.
Nipsey Hussle public memorial tickets ‘sold out’ in less than an hour