Aspiring track star Trinity Gay, 15, who died in the midst of gunfire outside a Lexington restaurant on Oct. 16, will be memorialized with a two-story mural at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Lexington artist Dani Greene, who went door-to-door to collect money for paint for the mural, got started on the project this week.
The slogan “Pass the Baton” will be painted in pink graffiti-style letters, with a “supersize” portrait of the Lafayette High School student as the “fireworks” at the end, Greene said.
The mural is on the the back of the grandstand and faces North Broadway.
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“The community made it come together,” Greene said.
After Greene went public this month with her request for a wall on which to paint the mural, she said about 37 property owners around town volunteered walls. She said she’d like to do more murals honoring other Lexington homicide victims.
The only roadblock, she said, is affording the paint to do them.
While most of the paints she uses are nothing special, Greene said some of the spray paint is $10.99 a can, “and we need about 60. It adds up fast.”
Airbrushed hoodies that say “Long Live Trinity 2016” can be ordered from Trend Traders on Southland Drive to help support the effort. Greene said the hoodies are $50 each.
Greene is getting help with painting the mural from some other local artists too.
Frances Everage said she wanted to be involved because “the message that she’s sending is crucial.”
“Violence is so prevalent and it’s getting worse,” she said. “Somebody has to step up and say something.”
Raymond Mueller worked on the pink lettering Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s a positive thing for the community,” he said. “It gives me a chance to do what I love and paint, and do something for our city.”
Greene said she expects the mural to be finished in about a week.