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‘We may never know for certainty’: Toledo mayor unsure how George Floyd memorial collapsed, vows to rebuild it

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/15/2021 Brandon Sapienza
a building with graffiti on the side of a house: A wall with a mural dedicated to George Floyd collapsed in Toledo Ohio. © Kaitlin Durbin / Twitter A wall with a mural dedicated to George Floyd collapsed in Toledo Ohio.

A George Floyd mural in Toledo, Ohio, mysteriously collapsed on Tuesday and authorities believe that a lightning strike reduced it to rubble.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz already vowed to rebuild the mural and work with the Toledo art commission “so that the message at the core of this artwork can be heard,” he said.

“We may never know for certainty why the George Floyd mural came down,” Kapszukiewicz said in a statement. “It could have been an act of nature, or it could have been act of vandalism. What we do know is that the mural will be replaced.”


Video: Ohio mural in honor of George Floyd collapses just year after completion (USA TODAY)

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During the evening rush on Tuesday, thunderstorms were hovering over the Toledo area and doppler radar from WTVG indicated that lighting struck an area near the mural as torrential downpours were taking place.

According to witnesses near the mural, a lightning bolt struck the side of the building where the painting is located, causing its collapse.

Shortly after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes, artist David Ross painted the mural. It has since acted as a center for memorial services in honor of Floyd as protests against his death continued throughout the nation.

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