Viral portrait inspires Facebook murder victim’s family

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Louisville, Kentucky airbrush artist Tramond Spencer says his work today kept him out of trouble as a child.

“I’ve always been an artist,” Spencer says. “I’ve always drawn as a little kid.”

Wednesday, Spencer worked on what he called a standard “RIP” shirt in his shop, Good Fellaz.

“It just has dates on the front and then a small saying on the back,” Spencer says. “It really has become really 80 to 75 percent of what we do.”

The reactions to the shirts can be very emotional.

“When people pick up the shirts, some people they tear up, they’re happy and they’re joyful. You kind of feel like you gave them some sort of comfort or relieve to the grieve,” he says.

However, that wasn’t the reason why Spencer made this an airbrush portrait of Robert Godwin, the Cleveland man gunned down Easter Sunday on Facebook live.

“On my news feed I kept seeing pictures of the offender,” Spencer says. “I don’t really like to say his name and it was just so...it was just one after another after another.”

To change what he saw, Spencer got to doing what he does best. He painted the portrait of Godwin in about two hours.

“I don’t know what it is,” Spencer says. “The expression on his face in this picture, I mean you see a lot of things. You see how kind he is and you see that he’s not an evil person.”

Spencer shared the portrait online. It received thousands of comments and hundreds of shares. It caught the eye of Godwin’s daughter, Brenda Haymon, in Cleveland. Haywood put up a post on her Facebook page to try to find the artist of the portrait.

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