Less than a week after former Indiana football player Chris Beaty was shot in and killed in Downtown Indianapolis, a local artist created a mural to honor Beaty.
Artist Andrea Townsend visited the intersection where Beaty was shot and killed late Saturday night and wanted to honor the Indianapolis native’s memory. The shooting took place over the weekend, when some protests got violent in the city.
“Such a tragic reason you do a portrait mural of someone,” Townsend told RTV 6 in Indianapolis. “But I have to say I was blown away by the support and positivity from those who came by.”
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) June 2, 2020
Found these people painting a mural of #ChrisBeaty at Vermont and Talbot, the same intersection where he was shot and killed Saturday night. I’m told he lived at the apartment right here, and had come outside to help someone being robbed by rioters. @FOX59 @CBS4Indy pic.twitter.com/iZa4pGJKdk
— Brett Kast (@brettkast) June 2, 2020
Beaty was a native of Indianapolis, playing high school football at Cathedral before joining the Indiana football team in the early 2000s. He was still involved in the community, founding Fresh Marketing, an events and consulting business. He was also an operating partner at a nightclub.
Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star sharing the statement from Beaty’s family on Wednesday.
“We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support for Chris since his murder over the weekend. It has not been a surprise because Chris lived and loved passionately every day of his 38 years on this earth,” the statement read. “From his time at Cathedral, to his four years as a student-athlete at Indiana University to his dedication to making Indianapolis a better place, down to his last moments when he put his life on the line and became a hero — Chris was someone who always put others before himself. He truly was one-of-a-kind, with a giant heart filled with love for everyone he met, consistently working to break down racial barriers.
“We encourage everyone to live like Chris — to love others boldly to stand up for what’s right, to live every day to the fullest.”