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Roughly 20,000 people packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles today to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old musician and community activist was shot and killed 11 days ago right outside the clothing store he owned. NPR's Mandalit del Barco is with us from the Staples Center. Hey.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

CHANG: So this memorial service - I know it's ended. And I understand it's followed by a procession.

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CHANG: So this memorial service - I know it's ended. And I understand it's followed by a procession.

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