27-year-old Emeryville resident and Artist Antonio Ramos was brutally shot this morning on the 3500 block of West Street in Oakland. Ramos was working on a community mural project alongside other artists. According to reports, a single male suspect walked up to the area where they were working, shot Ramos and walked away. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead according to OPD Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.
Ramos was also a contributor to the large mural under the overpass on San Pablo Avenue as part of a series of six murals that are part of the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project. No arrests have been made and anyone with information has been asked to contact Oakland police homicide investigators at (510) 238-3821.
Feature Image: Michael Macor, The Chronicle
Artist shot dead while working on West Oakland mural
By Jenna Lyons and Kale Williams
An artist was shot to death Tuesday as he worked on a community mural project in West Oakland, leaving friends and relatives stunned that his life was taken while he was doing something positive.
The painter, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, 27, of Emeryville, was working on a 4,000-square-foot mural in the 3500 block of West Street, under the Interstate 580 overpass, when he was gunned down around 10:30 a.m., police said.
His aunt, Margaret Holappa, 66, of Hayward, said Ramos was a generous man with a passion for painting.
“He was a good kid, and this was his love,” she said through tears as she stood in front of the unfinished mural Tuesday afternoon. “He was always willing to help out.”
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