In footage shot by a teacher for her class, Smith told the students to not be down over the loss of Nipsey — whose real name was Ermias Asghedom — because he’s still with them.
“Ermias is here with me right now,” she said. “I feel him. His spirit is right here with me. And I want you to know that death is not to be feared. I want you to know that we are spiritual beings first and we’re having a physical experience, which only lasts for a moment in time.
“When you die, as they call it, you are just becoming a baby in your spirit. You are just beginning to live your eternal life that never dies. Ermias will never die. You have him in your hearts. Every time you think of Ermias, he lives. His spirit is everywhere now.”
Nipsey’s mother also described her son’s face, noting he wasn’t disfigured despite being shot. Later in the clip, she reiterated her point about not fearing death.
“I don’t want you to be traumatized,” Smith said. “Ermias was more beautiful in death than he was in life. Ermias didn’t have any marks on him when I viewed him. His hair was perfect; there was not one strand of hair that was out of place. All of the love and all of the compassion and all of the caring and the truthfulness and the generosity and the honesty … just all of the good things that were inside of Ermias’ heart, it’s as if they lifted off of his heart and they transferred to his face.”
She added, “Death is something to prepare yourself for. And when you walk this earth and you do good deeds for people and you are loving and kind, those are the things that will show on your face. You will look more beautiful. Ermias looked healthy, he looked clean. He had a glow. He was radiant, and he was so perfect that he had a sweet aroma. He even smelled good. So please, do not fear death. Death is just the beginning of a wonderful world. And I tell myself, Ermias liked thrilling things. And now my son knows the secret to the mystery of life.”
Watch Smith’s entire speech above.