Veronica Turner saw the vandalism on the mural and posted it on social media, where dozens have decried the act.
“The vandalism I saw personally broke my heart,” she told the Dayton Daily News. “I was on a walk with my sister who lives in the area when we stumbled upon it and I was in shock. I can’t believe people could be so hateful to destroy such a beautiful thing. This really does show the amount of change that needs to be made in the community.”
Smith said she painted the mural because she wanted to create something positive. She said she saw many of the protests around the country turn violent between protesters and police and she wanted to make something peaceful that everyone could appreciate.
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She said she has plans to continue to create more art, hopefully with permission.
“Justice is deserved. Black lives matter. I hope the people who got to see (the mural) before it was defaced feel encouraged and hopeful,” she said.