Nipsey Hussle was killed just a month ago, and already drama is brewing. His sister, Samantha Smith, has filed for legal guardianship of Hussle’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani.
Born Ermias Asghedom, the Eritrean-American rapper was gunned down in front of his Crenshaw district store in Los Angeles on March 31st. Gang member Eric Holder was arrested and charged with his murder.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Samantha Smith has filed a petition to become the guardian of Nipsey’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani Asghedom.
mith says she has “always been a presence in Emani’s life and along with the rest of Emani’s paternal family has assisted in her care.”
Smith remained close with her famous brother over the years and even spoke at the memorial, held at the STAPLES Center earlier this month. She was seen tending to Emani during the ceremony.
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Thank you Ermias!!! Thank you thank you thank you. For choosing me as your sister and shining your light on me. For having my back. For setting the bar so high and showing me what a real stand up authentic Man looks like. Thank you for all of the wisdom, knowledge, and love you poured into me. I will make you proud and I will keep the Marathon going for you. That’s my word. I love you man this shit don’t stop @nipseyhussle
em>Emani’s mother is a woman named Tanisha, who goes by the name Chyna Hussle. It’s unclear why Tanisha has not tried to declare custody, or if she is aware that Nipsey’s sister is making a move for the young girl.
As far as Tanisha being out of the picture, our sources say, “Nipsey’s sister has been in his daughter’s life for years, helping raise her.” Also, we’re told it is believed by his family that her biological mother is unable to provide “a stable environment” for the girl.
Emani also attended the Grammys with Nipsey earlier this year.
Below is a clip from a performance where Emani joined her father onstage.
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