Trayvon Martin mural stirs controversy in Elmwood Park

A mural dedicated to the memory of a slain Florida teen is causing controversy in Elmwood Park after a resident found it offensive and complained

ELMWOOD PARK - A mural dedicated to the memory of a slain Florida teen is causing controversy in Elmwood Park after a resident found it offensive and complained to the town.

"It kind of makes you feel like drugs, gangs, that kind of thing," said longtime resident Lawrence Langerlaan, referring to the mural painted on the side of a deli.

The mural depicts a hooded figure and has the words "We got you, Trayvon," a reference to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in February.

Carmelo Sigona, one of the artists who painted the mural, says they aren't taking sides in the case, but they were just "bothered" that Martin was killed.

The building owner, John Quinn, says he may fight to keep the mural up for awhile, explaining that the town never told him to remove previous graffiti containing obscenities.

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