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Springfield, Mass., Anti-Gun Mural Vandalized

An anti-gun mural in Springfield, Massachusetts, painted by the father of one of the students killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting, has been vandalized.

Last Friday, Manuel Oliver created the mural in Springfield to reinforce the anti-gun message of the March for Our Lives movement.

It's one of 17 he's creating across the country, one for each of the 17 people killed in Parkland in February. They include his son, Joaquin.

One of the organizers of the art project, former Springfield City Council Amaad Rivera, said he discovered on Thursday morning that the mural had been damaged beyond repair.

"Someone had utterly destroyed it, kicked it in, smashed it in half, ripped it off its hinges and decimated what we all worked towards, that the father of a slain Parkland student, just six days earlier, poured his heart out for all of us," he said.

The organizers planned to put the mural up for auction on Friday.

The Springfield police say no police report was filed, so they are not investigating.

Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education and politics.
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