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Why defending Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer has Chris Darden’s family afraid

Eric Holder, alleged killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle. (Image source: Los Angeles Police Department)

Chris Darden’s decision to defend Nipsey Hussle’s killer has had a profound effect on his family. Darden, who gained fame by serving as a prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson trial, may have put his family in danger by serving as defense attorney for Eric Holder.

Darden’s daughter, Jenee Darden, revealed that she has received threats due to her father’s choice to defend Holder.

“I’ve been receiving vile comments and messages since news broke that my father, Chris Darden, is the defense attorney for the man accused of killing Nipsey Hussle,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

“Like many of you, I found out about my father’s involvement in the case while scrolling through social media. I was not prepared for this backlash that has triggered bad memories from the O.J. Simpson trial…My father is a grown man and has been a defense attorney for some time. I have no say in the cases he takes on.”

She ended her statement by saying that she hopes others will continue Nipsey’s legacy. “L.A. is like a second home to me. I grew up in a community similar to Nipsey’s and was saddened by the news of his death,” she wrote. “So I understand why it hurts so deeply when we lose young, talented Black men like him who are committed to empowering people. Instead of attacking me and others who have nothing to do with this case, channel that energy toward continuing Nipsey’s legacy in strengthening our communities and lifting up each other.”

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