Work Begins on Trinity Gay Mural

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Monday night work started on the mural of 15-year-old Trinity Gay. It has been about a month since Gay was shot to death outside Cookout in downtown Lexington. It had a big impact on the community. Many vowed to do what they could to end gun violence in Lexington. One artist is taking that promise to the next level, permanently painting it at Whitaker Bank Ball Park.

“These kids had dreams. Every single person that’s been gunned down in the street had something to do the next day that they didn’t get to do,” graffiti artist Dani Greene said.

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She says she has had enough of kids shooting each other, and Trinity Gay’s murder was a last straw of sorts. Greene says she went to school with Trinity’s father, Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. Now, she hopes the mural of Trinity she is creating, based on a photo from the 15-year-old’s mother, will speak to kids in Lexington.

“There’s nobody speaking about it. There’s nobody doing anything for it. They’re not creating something for youth in the community to do,” Greene said.

Greene says there is so much more kids could be doing than hanging around with guns. She says she wants to see them pick up a different kind of gun, a can of spray paint.

“You give them something that might inspire them. Like there’s a lot of kids interested in graffiti. They want to know how to do it. Well, come out and take a class,” Greene invited.

Pass the baton is the message, from Trinity’s family, that Greene wants to share with kids. It is what the mural will say.

“She’s passing the baton to different victims to speak, get their word out there,” Greene said.

As Greene started the mural Monday, people could not help, but express their appreciation as they walked by.

One woman hugged Greene and told her she made her birthday. Later, a couple stopped by to tell Greene she was doing a great thing. Already, the mural is inspiring people to be better, exactly the kind of light Greene wants to spray on Lexington kids.

“I don’t hope for anything. I know that it’ll change their mind,” Greene said.

The artist says she expects the mural to be done sometime next week. She says this is just the first; she wants to cover the city with murals of gun violence victims.

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Veronica Jean Seltzer joins ABC 36 as Anchor/Reporter. On most weekdays, you will see her reporting the news. VJ hails from a small horse farm outside New York City and most recently comes from South Bend, Indiana where she reported for the CBS and Fox affiliates. VJ holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. Her passion for journalism runs deep. It began as she studied graffiti as an ancient form of communication in Athens, Greece. While a student journalist in Morocco, she learned her most important journalistic lesson: good stories are about people. VJ loves life in and around Lexington. She feels most at home among horses and a diverse community of fascinating people. She enjoys reporting during the week and on the weekend she strives to bring her neighbors the news that matters most to them. VJ enjoys going to neighborhood events, exploring, horseback riding, skiing, sailing, and good movies. Look for her out and about in the community! VJ invites you to reach out to her with story ideas or just to say hello! Find her on Facebook at Veronica Jean Seltzer ABC 36, tweet her @VJS_ABC36, or email her at VSeltzer@wtvq.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!