I have done many posts on graffiti, and they are some of my most popular posts. Today my post is sad, for tragedy has struck the graffiti world as an 18yo artist was killed by Miami Police. Israel Hernandez-Llach AKA Reefa was killed Tuesday after police found him working on an abandoned building. They chased him down when he ran, the chase ended when they tasered him to death. Witnesses said the officers where clapping, high fiveing each other, and laughing over the boy’s lifeless body.
I am no reporter so here are two links to articles written about this tragedy.
I have always believed graffiti is a magnificent art form. So when I read about this this morning I felt compelled to write about it. Israel Hernandez-Llach would not have faced jail time, a mere fine and perhaps some community service, was it so important they catch him that killing the boy was an option. He wasn’t hurting anyone, the building was empty and unused. Rest in peace young artist, for the tragedy of your death dose not go unnoticed!
Here are a couple peaces of his work I found. He would have been truly grate had he lived to develop his art and self (for as we grow our art too grows), and had already had some of his work in galleries.
If any of you have anything you would like to add, or say I would love to hear from you.