Kerry Lathan, the man who was wounded when rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed on March 31st in Los Angeles, is set to be released from jail, The LA Times reports.
Although initial reports claim he was arrested for a parole violation for associating with a gang member, the sheriff’s department spokesman did not confirm or reveal why he was taken into custody. Nipsey was known to be affiliated with the Rollings 60s of the crips in South LA.
Upon news of Lathan’s arrest, activists sprung into action to fight for his freedom.
Lathan took to Youtube to plead his case, wheelchair bound after being injured in the shooting.
“I am in a wheelchair now, and they are trying to send me back for life for just being there — gang association,” Lathan told Big U. “I got shot in the back.”
He said of Nipsey’s legacy that he was a “peacemaker,” and called Nipsey’s death and his subsequent arrest, “straight injustice.”
Lathan was allegedly with Nipsey at the time of his death because the Grammy nominated rapper reportedly took him to his famous Marathon clothing store to pick up some new gear for his friend upon his release from jail. Lathan had served 25 years in prison for murder.
We previously reported, Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in Los Angeles at his store. The suspect, Eric Holder, was arrested for the crime and being held on bond. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the killing was personal, but have yet to reveal more details on the motive.
Hussle Holder were allegedly involved in some dispute which led to a brief argument at Marathon. Holder left the scene, returned with a gun and opened fire on the 33-year-old father of two.