Nipsey Hussle's death has impacted fans from his hometown of Crenshaw, CA and beyond. All across the world fans of the "Last Time That I Checc'd" rapper have paid tribute to him with murals that many have found comforting after his murder on March 31.
However, a teenager in Connecticut has gone viral this weekend for defacing a mural of Hussle with no remorse. The teen, identified as Kaitlyn "Kay Kay" Renee, was filmed defacing the mural with the letters "SK," along with drawings of cherries and penises. In a clip, the girl is seen encouraging people to add her on Facebook as she tagged the mural and took selfies in front of her work. A voice is heard in the background urging her not to paint on his face.
Since the video went viral, Kaitlyn has received threats on social media causing her to respond via her Facebook page.
WOWWWW!!! Look at this ATTENTION SEEKING girl defacing NIPSEY HUSSLE’s mural. Babygirl needs a THERAPIST stat!?! ♀️ ♀️ She’s wild disrespectful #NipseyHussle #blacktwitter pic.twitter.com/cBVBNscZru— Toya Johnson (@ToyaBK79) April 27, 2019
"Y'all really mad," Kaitlyn wrote, according to Madame Noire. "I ain't boutta argue with none of y'all over some PAINTING. You know how much dope shit in heaven park gets painted over? Oh alright then hop off. Yah Boutta 'kill' me over a painting. That shit is hilarious."
While it is unclear what she was trying to accomplish besides a viral moment rooted in negativity, the Hartford community came together to restore the mural.
According to The Shade Room, at least 25 people helped fix the mural in rainy weather on Sunday (April 28). A local woman by the name of Deja Robertson and her mom painted over the graffiti and touched up the painting.
"My mother, Joey and I didn't do this for clout chasing. It came from the heart," Robertson told the website. "Life is too short. I've lost all my family and I will continue to stay positive and share my positivity with other people. All I want is for Hartford to come together as one and stop the violence."
Another person who helped with the cleanup efforts, Lee Benton, says Hussle should be celebrated because of what he meant to urban communities nationwide.
"He preached black excellence, change and he empowered every person around every hood to find their purpose. A person like that should be celebrated forever in my opinion."