Prodigy's Mural Removed After Repeated Acts of Vandalism

Mobb Deep's Prodigy
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Mobb Deep's Prodigy poses for a photo on Oct. 13, 2016 in New York. 

After being defaced twice in less than 48 hours, Prodigy's mural in New York has been taken down, according to Hot 97. 

"Due to repeated vandalism of @prodigymobbdeep's tribute, the mural is now being removed. We will remember Prodigy with or without a mural though, his legacy will live on! #RIPProdigy," reads the radio station's Instagram post.

Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare were the artists behind the honorable mural for the late Mobb Deep rapper, who passed away June 20 due to complications of his sickle cell anemia. Henriquez and Lazare had just unveiled their homage to Prodigy at the Urban Upbound building on 13th Street and 40th Avenue in Queensbridge, New York the week before the vandalism.  

Though fans rejoiced at the beautiful display of appreciation for Prodigy, their moods quickly shifted after the mural was defaced with white paint the following day. In hopes of recovering the mural, on Sunday (July 9), Henriquez and Lazare returned to the site and made their repairs. Then, news of a second act of vandalism was reported, after red paint was discovered on the mural. The criminals behind the mischievous deed have yet been identified. 

Take a look at the acts of vandalism and the complete removal of the mural below. 

 

 

 

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