After Teenager Defaces Nipsey Hussle Mural, Activists Restore It Within 24 Hours
Community activists have since restored the mural to its original condition.
April 29, 2019 at 4:17 pm
A teenager in Hartford, Connecticut, is accused of defacing a mural honoring late rapper Nipsey Hussle by spray-painting cherries and inappropriate images on Saturday.
Footage on Facebook shows a young girl, later identified by Heavy as Kaitlyn "Kay Kay" Renee, allegedly writing the letter "SK" over the mural along with other disparaging content. In the video, a bystander pleaded with the teen not to paint over Hussle's face. Renee then took several selfies before encouraging the growing audience to follow her on Facebook.
The online criticism doesn't appear to phase Renee, as Heavy captured a screenshot of a message she posted on her Facebook page following the incident:
"Y'all really mad 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I ainit boutta argue with none of y'all over some PAINTING. You know how much dope s**t in Heaven park got painted over? Oh alright then hop off. Yah Boutta 'kill' me over a painting that s**t is hilarious 😭😭😭."
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The mural is located at Heaven skate park, which The Hartford Courant notes is in a central area of the city. The artwork was painted shortly after Hussle's shooting death in Los Angeles on March 31. Corey Paine, a Connecticut-based artist widely known for painting the cleats of famous NFL players, is the artist behind the piece.
"I always respected him more as a person than even his music and I just wanted to honor that,'' Paine said about the mural dedicated to the "4 in the Morning" rapper.
Renee's vandalism did not stay up for too long. On Sunday, local rapper Joey Batts refurbished the mural and covered up any defects.
"It was defaced yesterday," Batts said to Fox 61. "A couple of people got word of it and I just thought it was best to fix it."
The school teacher displayed the results of his effort on Facebook shortly after.
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