Artist of gas station mural: 'It's for the people who loved him'

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington gas station is being turned into a work of art to honor a man who was murdered there two weeks ago.

Police say Mike Patel was shot while working at a Marathon station on Alexandria Drive. Travis Bredhold, 18, was later arrested for the crime. Now a Lexington artist is painting a mural at the business in Patel's memory.

The wall of a gas station is an unusual spot for a mural. What happened two weeks ago at that Marathon station is the reason for the paint. That's when the gas station clerk, Mike Patel, was gunned down while working. Dani Green says he was her friend, so she wanted to use her talent to remember him.

"I want him to look down and smile because people do remember him," said Dani Green, a friend of the victim. "It's hard, especially for his wife and kids."

Green says she paints for a purpose. And in this case, it's to honor a man taken too soon and a way to bring an issue to light. She's using Gandhi to get her point across, which comes straight from Patel's religion, Hinduism.

"'I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent,'" said Green, as she quoted Gandhi.

Green says the scroll will hold those words from Gandhi.

"It's permanent," said Green. "What this kid did is permanent on his life. And it's permanent with his family. Both families."

She hopes it'll ward off all other evils even though one evil can't be undone.

"I don't care about how many people know me," said Green. "It's for him. It's for the people who loved him."

Green says she'll work through Christmas to get the job done.

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