things that matter

An Anti-Violence Muralist was Shot and Killed in Oakland and the Community Wants Answers

Wayne Freedman / Twitter

Antonio Ramos was a muralist who worked with middle schoolers to promote non-violence through art.

He worked specifically in West Oakland, a community that has been plagued with senseless violent attacks.

He and his team were working on a mural titled “Boy with Power to Heal and Stop Violence.”

Ramos was working with Attitudinal Healing Connection and Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project to promote non-violence in West Oakland.

They mural was going to be big – 4,000 feet BIG.

Ramos was working on the mural when a passerby started an argument.


A photo posted by Paul Callis (@paw.l) on

The mural was the third of a six-mural project to beautify West Oakland and lower violence using art.

During the argument, the stranger shot Ramos multiple times and fled.

Ramos died of his injuries and the gunman is still at large. AHC has launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay his funeral costs.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward on information that will lead to the arrest of Ramos’ killer.

And a makeshift vigil has been erected in his memory.

Fellow artists are promising to finish the mural and dedicate it to their fallen comrade.

You can see a video of the unfinished mural below:

Credit: George Kelly / Youtube

Do you think art can be used to decrease violence? Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on stories like this that impact the Latino community.

Paid Promoted Stories