Artist unveils Pop Smoke mural in Canarsie to raise awareness of gun violence

A mural of late rapper Pop Smoke was unveiled in his hometown of Canarsie Monday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2020, 11:46 PM

Updated 1,367 days ago

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A mural of late rapper Pop Smoke was unveiled in his hometown of Canarsie Monday.
Kenny Altidor, who has painted many well-known faces, spent a month creating the mural at the corner of 80th Street and Flatlands Avenue.
Pop Smoke was 20 years old when he was shot and killed in what police called a home invasion robbery at a home in Los Angeles back in February. Police arrested five people in his death last month.
Canarsie has witnessed violence recently, including this past weekend, when a 25-year-old man lost his life after being shot in the head.
Altidor says he hopes that his mural will remind young people to put down the guns and stop with senseless violence.
"Pay tribute to Pop Smoke, but at the same time, to send a message to the community to stop the gun violence. We need to stop that guys, enough is enough," he says.
Altidor says he hopes the mural will remain for years to come to preach the message of peace to future generations. 


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