Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at the young age of 33.
The rapper had just been nominated for a Grammy Awards, was on the cusp of true musical greatness and had dedicated his life to rebuilding the violence-ravaged community in which he was raised.
Based on these facts alone, his death was a tragedy.
But one key new detail has emerged that make Hussle's homicide even more troubling, disturbing and outright sad.
According to TMZ and other outlets, alleged killer Eric Holder walked up to Hussle on the sidewalk outside the rapper's clothing store and shot the star twice. He then walked away.
HOWEVER, Hussle was still alive after these initial shots -- and he actually spoke to Holder while he was lying on the ground, trying to recover.
The website does not have the exact quote, but claims that Hussle uttered something along the lines of: "You shot me, you got me, I'm good."
Upon realizing Hussle was still breathing, and even talking, Holder turned around and fired the final shots that ended the artist's life.
There's even surveillance footage out there, which we have not yet seen, that would corroborate this sequence of events.
Page Six has obtained video of the beloved rapper lifting his head after the first shots were fired in his direction; we believe they struck his torso.
The shooter is then seen walking back toward Hussle, who is lying on the ground, prior to firing a couple of more bullets at Hussle, kicking him and running away to a nearby alley.
There was allegedly a getaway car parked around there, as the murder is being considered as pre-mediated and gang-related.
On Thursday, Holder pleaded not guilty.
He is currently being held on a $5 million bond on charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and his next court appearance is May 10th.
Adding an even more tragic twist to this senseless killing?
Hussle's brother, Sammy, received a call that his brother had been shot and raced to the scene, arriving just as Hussle took a few of his last breaths.
“Sammy got up there soon enough to start helping his brother. Ermias knew Sammy was there before he died,” says Hussle's grandmother in a new interview, using Nipsey's real first name.
It's a blessing that Hussle was not alone when he passed away, but also heartbreaking that his sibling was there when it happened.
Boutte told a local CBS affiliated this weekend that that she is finding comfort in the fact that her grandson was able to touch so many people through his music.
“I never knew there was so much love like I love him. So that’s uplifting that so many people loved and understood him,” she said. “I hope these young people will get the message and live a better life.”
We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved Nipsey Hussle.
What a huge loss.