New Mural Pays Tribute to Tampa Police OfficersThe tragic death of Corporal Mike Roberts inspired Chico Garcia to donate the painting
Artist Chico Garcia's tribute to Corporal Mike Roberts and the Tampa Police officers was unveiled during a public ceremony at District Two.
What: Mayor Pam Iorio and Chief Jane Castor will unveil the mural to the public along with the artist, Chico Garcia.
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Tampa Police Department District Two, 9330 North 30th Street, Tampa
Employees and visitors will now see a mural honoring fallen Corporal Mike Roberts when visiting the Tampa Police Department’s District Two Headquarters. Artist Chico Garcia had recently moved to Tampa when he heard about the tragic death of Corporal Roberts on August 19, 2009. He felt compelled to show his support for law enforcement and offered to create the mural. Garcia donated his time and materials to complete the 10’ by 25’ wall painting, which pays tribute to all Tampa Police officers. His artwork features a picture of Corporal Roberts along with other officers surrounding the department’s Memorial Monument.
Chico Garcia is a New York native who has done charitable artwork for numerous organizations including the New York City Police Department, YMCA and Boys & Girls Club. He has also done work for large corporations such as Coca-Cola and small family owned businesses.
Garcia became recognized as an artist after being caught vandalizing public property. He now encourages young graffiti vandals to partner with their communities and to use their talent more constructively.
Corporal Mike Roberts was killed in the line of duty after stopping a suspicious person. The 11-year veteran was assigned to District Two at the time of his death. He left behind a wife and young son.
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