Nipsey Hussle's Sister Files for Guardianship of Late Rapper's Daughter

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The 33-year-old rapper was fatally shot back in March.

Nipsey Hussle's sister is petitioning the court for guardianship of her niece.

According to documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court earlier this week, Samantha Smith is seeking custody of Hussle's daughter, Emani Asghedom. The news comes about a month after Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside his clothing store in south Los Angeles. He was 33.

According to the docs obtained by ET, Smith lived with Hussle and his daughter from 2008 until around 2014 or 2015 and assisted with Emani's "day-to-day care." Even after Smith moved out, she continued to have "consistent and frequent contact with Emani on a weekly basis" including time during the week, weekends and overnight stays every one to two weeks, the documents state.

Smith, according to the docs, is petitioning the court for guardianship "to ensure the continued stability for Emani" as well as "to ensure that she can continue to live with family members with whom she has always had close ties."

Emani's mother, Tanisha Foster, is listed as "not known at this time" in regards to her preference for Emani's legal guardian. Emani, who attended the 2019 GRAMMYs with her dad back in February, has three half siblings, Kross Asghedom on her father's side and Aasia Goode and Ryan Goode on her maternal side. 

Following his death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced that Eric Ronald Holder was charged with fatally shooting Hussle and wounding two others. The other two men survived.

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