Antonio Ramos was a muralist who worked with middle schoolers to promote non-violence through art.
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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.”
Antonio, Pablo, and Dawood workin on outlines for the houses. Antonio always took pictures of the crew and posted them online… everyday… even after working 8+ hrs. He praised everyone's talents and hardwork. Always encouraging. Sometimes we take for granted how valuable it is to encounter positive spirits in this world. Thank you bruh for sharing your light with me. #antonioramos #Oaklandsuperhero
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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.
The whole reason we are painting this 4,000 foot mural is to stop the cycles of violence. The loss of Antonio Ramos is unacceptable, his last post says painting a ribbon in the sky for all of us, now you are in the sky and all of use have to live and paint for you. Rest in paradise Antonio Ramos, give thanks for his life and contribution to the community. ??RIP?? Rest in Paint. #AntonioRamos #quevivaAntonioRamos #vivaAntonioRamos #artistsmatter#ripantonioramos
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Ramos was working on the mural when a passerby started an argument.
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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.
— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) September 29, 2015
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Ramos died of his injuries and the gunman is still at large. AHC has launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay his funeral costs.
More than 100 people have visited the mural under Oakland’s I85 to pay their respects to Ramos.
— Allie Rasmus KTVU (@arasmusKTVU) September 30, 2015
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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.
We visit the #tragic site where the young #artist #AntonioRamos was #shotToDeath under HWY 580 at West Street and 35th Street while painting for the #oaklandsuperheroesmuralproject last Tuesday. Why do we have to have so many guns! #Roosevelt #mydog #BlackLab mix #TreeingWalkerCoonHound #dogPatrol #dogstagram #myHound #Oakland #EastBay #NorCal #CA #California #Oaklandish #OakTown #YaGotaLoveOakland #IGbox #WeLoveOakland #IGphoto #iPhoneOnly #IGsnap #Cali #iPhone6pl #RIP
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Fellow artists are promising to finish the mural and dedicate it to their fallen comrade.
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) October 1, 2015