Barack Obama is sending his condolences to Nipsey Hussle‘s loved ones.

During the late rapper’s memorial at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Thursday, Hussle’s business partner, Karen Civil, read a letter from the former President which he sent hours before the start of the funeral.

“Dear Friends and Family of Nipsey: I’d never met Nipsey Hussle, but I’d heard some of his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work,” Obama said of his daughters Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20.

“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going,” Obama said, honoring Hussle’s hometown and his philanthropic work.

See full letter below:

-People