California Muralist Killed Doing Anti-Violence Project

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Artist fatally shot in West Oakland while working on mural.

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. Police have not identified the artist, but friends say his name is Antonio Ramos, a painter who worked on a mural project led by the Attitudinal Healing Connection. 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 victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Watson said. “I think it’s real tragic since the whole mural is about community revitalization”, David Platford said. Police were searching Tuesday for a killer who gunned down an… “This is a busy area with a mix of commercial and residential buildings so we hope someone saw something”, Watson said.

The gunman walked away before police arrived at the scene. “In the midst of beautifying the community with youth messages of hope and love, this horrific tragedy happens,” members of the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project said Tuesday. The group said Ramos’ death was the result of “senseless gun violence that continues to plague our communities.” The group urged the community to stand up to violence.

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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