Oakland man charged in slaying of peace muralist

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20-Year-Old Man To Be Charged With Murder For Slaying Of Oakland Muralist.

Artist Antonio Ramos was fatally shot in an Oakland freeway underpass in September. OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 20-year-old man will be charged with murder for the fatal shooting of an artist working on a community mural project in West Oakland in September, Alameda County prosecutors said Tuesday. Police say the 27-year-old from Emeryville was helping paint a street-side mural for a group that works to spread peace and stop violence when he was gunned down after an apparent argument. Prosecutors expect to charge Marquise Holloway later Tuesday with murder and robbery for the death of Antonio Ramos, a 27-year-old Emeryville resident who was shot at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the 3500 block of West Street, Assistant District Attorney Micheal O’Connor said.

The West Street mural is part of the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, a collaboration between artists and local students organized by the nonprofit ArtEsteem. Work continued on it despite Ramos’ death, finishing with an unveiling ceremony on Oct. 21. © Copyright 2015 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service.

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The number of violent crimes across the United States is estimated to have dropped by 0.2 per cent in 2014 from the year before, which had brought historic lows to many cities, according to data recently released by the FBI.

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