The brother of Nipsey Hussle says he found the 33-year-old rapper and community advocate just as he was dying from gunshots to the head and torso last Sunday.

Samiel Asghedom said the tragedy unfolded when he received a call that his brother, who he called Nip, had been gunned down at his Los Angeles store. The grieving brother shared in an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Times that he raced to the Hyde Park location beating paramedics to the tragic scene.

A 9-1-1 operator instructed Asghedom to deliver CPR to try to keep his brother alive. When the paramedics arrived and lifted Hussle from the ground, everyone could see that a bullet had struck the young father in the back of the head too.

Asghedom told the newspaper that was the moment he began to pray. He raced to the hospital behind the ambulance and when he arrived, he said, the doctor seemed to be avoiding him. He approached a paramedic, who told Asghedom that he respected what Hussle was doing.

“We tried our hardest,” Asghedom recalled the paramedic saying.

The Defense

After almost 25 years since he played a lead role in the failed prosecution of O.J. SimpsonChris Darden is back in the legal limelight in another controversial case— this time as a defense lawyer for the man charged in the murder of rapper and community advocate Nipsey Hussle.

Darden stood with accused killer, 29-year-old Eric Holder, as he made his first appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court for his arraignment on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported. Holder entered a not guilty plea to the charge of fatally shooting Hussle, on Sunday outside of the rapper’s Los Angeles store.

A source tells the Daily News that the star prosecutor was “privately retained” for Holder. Darden, now 62, reportedly refutes “all allegations” in the Holder case.