Emeryville Muralist Antonio Ramos dies after being shot under 580 Overpass

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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.

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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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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. The headline is redundant – aren’t all shootings brutal? – and omits the important fact that Ramos was killed.

    • A man was shot and killed and all you can do is complain about the headline? WTF? Who has the time to do that? Show some compassion.

  2. Tragic and terrifying. It’s utterly confounding that a human being could behave so callously. We have a generous safety net and ample opportunity for upward mobility, yet people choose risk their freedom (indeed, their own lives) and ruin many lives and inflict unimaginable pain for no perceptible benefit.

    Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all affected.

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