( 4UMF NEWS ) Artist Killed While Painting Peace Mural:
An artist was murdered in Oakland as he worked on a mural painting a message of peace. Antonio Ramos, 27, was shot dead in broad daylight as he contributed to the colorful charity project.
Devastated friends and relatives said they were shocked that Ramos had been gunned down while he was doing something positive for the community.
“He was a good kid, and this was his love. He was always willing to help out,” his aunt Margaret Holappa told SFGate.
“He was amazing. He was an artist, he works on music, he just does all kinds of stuff,” said Krystal Carpenter, Ramos’ godmother. “He’s never been in any trouble with anybody.”
In the mural, a young boy wearing a half-painted orange hat and purple hoodie looks toward a neighborhood with a row of colorful houses, reported SFGate.
Dave Young Kim, a professional artist who had known Ramos for three years, called him a “very talented artist” who was working on the project unpaid.
“That’s just the kind of kid he was,” Kim said. “He was super willing to help. He was very reliable and just had the sort of naivete that was so fun to be around.”
Ramos was among 60 artists working on the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, a collaboration with West Oakland middle-school students, said officials at Attitudinal Healing Connection, a community group organizing the project.
Ramos was working on the 4,000-square-foot mural under the Interstate 580 overpass when he was shot around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
Officers found Ramos suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests have been made.
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