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Ohio mural honoring George Floyd destroyed; conflicting reports as to the cause

An Ohio mural honoring the memorial of George Floyd has been destroyed.

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An Ohio mural honoring the memorial of George Floyd has been destroyed.

WTVG reports witnesses told firefighters that the building was struck by lightning. The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department told WTOL that it was lightning but another official contradicted that report.

City building inspector Hugh Koogan told the Toledo Blade it was due to the building's own deterioration.

"It was just age," Koogan said. "It just came away. It happens to the older buildings."

The mural was created nearly a year ago by artist David Ross. It paid tribute to Floyd, the man killed while in Minneapolis police custody in 2020. Former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and is serving a 22-year sentence in Floyd’s death.

"Right before that storm hit, I just pulled in my driveway and it wasn't down,” Susan Keller, who lives by the mural, told the station “I would've noticed it right away. I noticed it when they put it up, so I would've noticed it when it came down."

"It was beautiful when it was up," he added. "I hope they redo it."

The outlet reports the City of Toledo is working to either replace the original mural or find a new home for it.

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