Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roberto Clemente mural at Azalea Park Elementary School vandalized

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

This mural of Puerto Rican baseball legend Roberto Clemente used to be painted on a wall near the concession stand at the baseball field at Azalea Park Elementary school:

click to enlarge Photo via Instagram user @noahdesigns
  • Photo via Instagram user @noahdesigns

Photo via Instagram user @noahdesigns

Today, according to WFTV, it now looks like this:

click to enlarge Photo via
  • Photo via

Photo via

Orlando Police say that Principal Kelly Maldonado called police today to tell them that the mural had been vandalized – "It has been completely painted over by an unknown suspect," the police report says. "Complainant Maldonado could not place a value on the cost to replace the mural as it cannot be repaired."

No other information was available from the police, but an Instagram user going by the handle @noahdesigns has this to say:

The Roberto Clemente mural done by @nicertatscru at Azalea Park organized by my brother Earl and city officials including the mayor was recently defaced. Pro job no less (not graffiti) although all suspects deny involvement. Apparently a sponsor recently didn't get his way and took it out on the mural. This mural was the shining light of that community and children of all ages had a hero to look up to. Please support this community. If you're aware of the news, let them know this should not be taken lightly. [Someone] should be held accountable. #orlando#robertoclemente#clemente#vandalism#tatscru#nicer#bigearl#otown#azaleapark


A story in the Sentinel about the vandalism also alludes to a Little League dispute over sponsorship at the field.




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