Artist shot, killed while painting anti-violence mural

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California muralist killed doing anti-violence project.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – An artist was shot and killed in Oakland while he was helping to paint a street-side mural for a group that works to spread peace and stop violence, authorities said. 27-year-old Antonio Ramos was painting a community mural under an Interstate 580 overpass in West Oakland on Tuesday when he was shot at around 10:30 a.m., according to Police reports. Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said Wednesday officers were searching for the shooter as friends mourned Antonio Ramos, 27, during a vigil at the mural site. The man pulled out a gun and fired it once, hitting Ramos, witnesses said. “He loved the messages and images envisioned by the students being spread throughout the community”, the group said.

As the Chronicle writes, the superheroes project pairs AHC professional muralists such as Ramos with local middle school students, envisioning them as superheroes. The 4,000-square-foot mural is the third of six art pieces by the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project, a community effort aimed at eradicating violence by educating and engaging Oakland youth through art.

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