Nipsey Hussle’s family and friends gathered Friday for a private funeral on a day when the slain rapper was also honored by his hometown of Los Angeles.

Hussle was buried at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills in an afternoon service.

The sprawling cemetery in northern Los Angeles between Griffith Park and Burbank is, as the name would suggest, the final resting place of much Hollywood royalty, including Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Liberace and David Carradine.

Two men hug as a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through the crowd Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Two men hug as a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through the crowd Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The small ceremony stood in contrast to a giant celebration a day earlier of the 33-year-old Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom. About 20,000 people flocked to a public memorial for Hussle a day earlier at Staples Center.

Afterward, thousands more lined the streets as the recently anointed hometown hero, his casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, embarked on a 25-mile tour of the city.

Earlier Friday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to rename the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue “Nipsey Hussle Square.”

A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, passes through the crowd Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, passes through the crowd Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a friend of Hussle, proposed the move.

“His work and impact will never be forgotten and I am grateful to do a small part to ensure the marathon continues,” Harris-Dawson said in a statement, using what has become a popular phrase in remembrance of the rapper.

The South Los Angeles intersection is home to Hussle’s clothing store, The Marathon. He was standing outside it when he was fatally shot on March 31.

People hold up their fists while waiting for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle to pass by in front of Hussle's clothing store The Marathon Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People hold up their fists while waiting for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle to pass by in front of Hussle’s clothing store The Marathon Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hussle recently purchased the strip mall where The Marathon is located and planned to redevelop it, part of his broader ambitions to remake his childhood neighborhood and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger.

Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty. Police have said Holder and Hussle had several interactions the day of the shooting and have described it as being the result of a personal dispute.

Hussle’s family and dozens of fans were at the meeting, which also adjourned in his honor, before heading to the burial service.

A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through a large crowd on its 25-mile trek through the streets of the city Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through a large crowd on its 25-mile trek through the streets of the city Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

For a decade, Hussle released much sought-after mixtapes that he sold out of the trunk of his car, helping him create a buzz and gain respect from rap purists and his peers.

Last year, Hussle hit new heights with “Victory Lap,” his critically acclaimed major-label debut album on Atlantic Records that earned him a Grammy nomination.

On Thursday, in the first celebrity memorial at Staples Center since Michael Jackson’s nearly a decade ago, some of people who knew Hussle best, from his actress-fiancée Lauren London, dear friend Snoop Dogg and mother shared personal stories about the rapper during a three-hour service.

The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

When it was over, London revealed a fresh tattoo of Hussle on her forearm, writing in an Instagram post that “Real Love Never Dies” and that from now on “When you see me, you will always see him.”

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Two men carry a woman injured in a stampede as people gather to watch a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Two men carry a woman injured in a stampede as people gather to watch a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Los Angeles police officer stands guard as people wait for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle to pass by in front of Hussle's clothing store The Marathon Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Los Angeles police officer stands guard as people wait for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle to pass by in front of Hussle’s clothing store The Marathon Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles police officers tell the crowd to back up to clear the way for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles police officers tell the crowd to back up to clear the way for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People flee the scene after hearing a loud noise while waiting for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People flee the scene after hearing a loud noise while waiting for a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through a large crowd on its 25-mile trek through the streets of the city Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes through a large crowd on its 25-mile trek through the streets of the city Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People hold up their smartphones to record as a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes by Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People hold up their smartphones to record as a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes by Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
This photo taken from video provided by ABC7 shows thousands of people around the memorial and shrine where rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in front of his clothing store The Marathon, left, and the hearse, right, carrying his body in a casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in South Los Angeles. (ABC7 via AP)
This photo taken from video provided by ABC7 shows thousands of people around the memorial and shrine where rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in front of his clothing store The Marathon, left, and the hearse, right, carrying his body in a casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in South Los Angeles. (ABC7 via AP)
This photo taken from video provided by ABC7 shows thousands reaching toward the hearse carrying the body of rapper Nipsey Hussle, in a casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, as it moves past The Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles Thursday, April 11, 2019. (ABC7 via AP)
This photo taken from video provided by ABC7 shows thousands reaching toward the hearse carrying the body of rapper Nipsey Hussle, in a casket draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, as it moves past The Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles Thursday, April 11, 2019. (ABC7 via AP)
The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves the Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
The hearse carrying rapper Nipsey Hussle leaves the Staples Center after a memorial service in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A silver hearse carrying the body of Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves Staples Center in a procession following the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late rapper on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A plane carrying a banner reading
A plane carrying a banner reading “Hussle & Motivate, Stop the Violence, Do it for Nipsey” flies overhead at the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Un fan del difunto Nipsey Hussle ondea una bandera con la imagen del rapero durante un servicio memorial público en el Staples Center en Los Ángeles, el jueves 11 de abril del 2019. (AP Foto/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Un fan del difunto Nipsey Hussle ondea una bandera con la imagen del rapero durante un servicio memorial público en el Staples Center en Los Ángeles, el jueves 11 de abril del 2019. (AP Foto/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A lone candle rests against a wall full of messages commemorating slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside The Marathon Clothing store as people wait for a funeral procession to pass Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A lone candle rests against a wall full of messages commemorating slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside The Marathon Clothing store as people wait for a funeral procession to pass Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A hearse leaves a burial service for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A hearse leaves a burial service for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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