When the suspected killer of Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty to all charges, he didn't do so alone.
By his side was his attorney, Chris Darden, who gained fame and notoriety decades ago as a prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson trial.
Now, misguided Nipsey fans are bombarden Darden's daughter with hate on Instagram, and she is speaking out.
"I’ve been receiving vile comments and messages," Jenee Darden's heartbreaking post begins.
This has been happening "since news broke that my father, Chris Darden, is the defense attorney for the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle."
"Like many of you," Jenee writes. "I found out about my father’s involvement in the case while scrolling through social media."
"I was not prepared for this backlash," she admits.
Jenee adds that he vitriol directed at her "has triggered bad memories from the O.J. Simpson trial."
"My father is a grown man," Jenee points out. "And has been a defense attorney for some time."
In case it was not obvious, she reminds anyone reading her message: "I have no say in the cases he takes on."
Jenee adds that she knows better than most "why it hurts so deeply when we lose talented, young Black men."
She is a black woman herself and a journalist with a real passion for matters of justice.
She asks that Nipsey's fans "channel that energy toward continuing Nipsey’s legacy in strengthening our communities and lifting up each other."
When Nipsey says that her comments have been flooded with hate, she's not kidding.
It took us mere seconds to find examples.
"So your dad is representing the killer of Nipsey???" writes on commenter. "Wowwww."
"Your dad is scum," declares another, who decided to make their opinion her business.
"YOUR FATHER IS A COWARD AND A TRAITOR TO HIS OWN PEOPLE!" accuses another.
That same hater writes: "ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE! F--KING DISGUSTING!"
Each of these particular comments was under an Instagram post about Jenee's excitement about Avengers: Endgame.
In reality, Jenee herself had already posted multiple times mourning Nipsey before she or anyone else knew who Eric Holder's attorney was.
"When our Black men are taken from us, the women left behind have to carry a different weight of grief," Jenee acknowledged in one post.
"I feel bad Lauren London is going through this," she expressed.
Jenee wrote: "As she grieves, she has to be strong for her children. I hope she has support."
In conclusion, she asked: "When we go learn to stop killing each other?"
In another post, Jenee drew parallels between Nipsey and another talented artist of color who was taken from the world too soon.
"Selena was murdered March 31, 1995," she wrote. "Nipsey Hussle was murdered March 31 2019."
"They both died over some cruel and pathetic person’s brittle, insecure ego," Jenee accused.
Selena died when a fan who managed Selena's boutiques was caught embezzling and murdered her.
Nipsey was allegedly shot multiple times in the head and chest by an acquaintance, Eric Holder, following a personal dispute.
So, first of all, we should point out that people are lashing out at Jenee because she's within arm's reach, so to speak.
She's not representing Eric Holder -- her father is. She's an unfair target.
Additionally, even if Chris Darden were on Instagram to receive these vicious messages, it's not really about him being an attorney.
People are grieving the loss of Nipsey and they just want to express their anger at a deserving target.
With Holder in prison, they're directing their fury at the easiest target. It's terrible, and it happens all of the time.
Secondly, suggesting that Chris Darden doesn't care about his fellow black people is both vile and absurd.
The racial dynamic of the O.J. Simpson trial may have been the first time in history that a man got away with murder because he was black.
Tragically, there have been countless cases of innocent men convicted because they were black, both before and since.
Also, Eric Holder is a black man. Chris Darden is representing him.
He's doing his job as a defense attorney. That's it.