MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A mural honoring George Floyd in Toledo, Ohio collapsed after being struck by lightning Tuesday.
Local officials at the summit and Lagrange Street responded after lightning struck the side of a building with the mural, according to CBS subsidiary WTOL. The brick wall, along with much of the mural, then collapsed to rubble.
A mural honoring the life and legacy of George Floyd in Toledo, Ohio was destroyed by lightning on Tuesday, according to local officials. pic.twitter.com/hKqf0J4DQL
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The piece was created a year ago by the artist David Ross. He said it was a memorial and a reminder never to forget the day Floyd died.
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George Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest. Chauvin has since been sentenced to over 20 years in prison.
Floyd’s death sparked cries for racial equality and reform that continue to this day.
Toledo officials are reportedly planning to put a new mural in a new location.