• On March 31, 2019, Eric Holder murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles
  • Online rumors claim that four of Holder’s family members have been murdered as retaliation
  • As of now, there appears to be no evidence supporting that any of Holder’s family has been murdered as online rumors claim

On March 31, 2019, 29-year-old Eric Holder murdered 33-year-old rapper Nipsey Hussle in cold blood in front of his South Los Angeles clothing store. Holder was arrested after a nearly 48-hour manhunt. Since his arrest, Holder’s family has been the center of a bizarre online rumor that stretches across several social media platforms.

Retaliation Murders Or Viral Rumors

Social media rumors claim that four of Holder’s family members have been murdered as retaliation for Hussle’s murder. The Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips—a gang Hussle was known for having ties to—are allegedly responsible for the retaliatory murders. Earlier this month, Holder’s father was allegedly the latest family member to be murdered.

The rumors started just a day after Hussle’s death. Two men believed to be Holder’s cousins were shot and killed in South Central Los Angeles. Neither was believed to have had anything to do with Hussle’s murder. A month after Hussle’s murder, one of Holder’s brothers-in-law was allegedly found mysteriously dead in his house.

The only problem with these claims is there is nothing to back any of the claims. All of the alleged murders appear to be shared through the same group of rumor-based websites that also claimed Holder attempted suicide in September. The stories are likely being shared as nothing more than clickbait articles and all seem to share the common link of MTO NEWS, a site known for reporting assumptions regarding viral trending topics.

The Shooting

Holder and Hussle knew each other the day of the shooting. The two were said to have had several heated exchanges outside the clothing store before Holder eventually returned with a handgun. Hussle was declared dead at the hospital and two other men were wounded during the shooting.

Holder was charged with one count of murder, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of attempted murder. He had a previous conviction in 2012 where he pleaded no contest to possession of a loaded firearm and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. Holder’s past conviction is what led to his possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

Eric Holder Attempts To Have Two Charges Dismissed

Earlier this year Holder attempted to have the two attempted murder charges dropped. Holder’s attorney attempted to use the “kill zone theory” to get the charges dropped.

In order for the “Kill Zone” theory to apply when determining attempted murder, six factors must be proven: there is a primary target, type of weapon used, distance between the shooter and target, proximity to other victims to target, whether victims are in an enclosed area, and whether the target was moving in the attack.

Judge Robert J. Perry rejected the motion to dismiss. Holder is currently being held on a $6.53 million bond. Jury selection is said to start in early 2020 and the trial is set to begin in February. There is no supporting evidence that any of Holder’s family members have been the victims of any retaliation murders.

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