Gabriel San Roman
Santa Ana Mural Dedicated to Mexican-American War Veterans Defaced by Cholos
Updated: Aug 17, 2020
Artist Carlos Aguilar spent four years working on a mural tribute to Mexican-American war veterans in Santa Ana’s Logan barrio only to have it vandalized twice this week. Sometime on Sunday, a cholo scrawled a rival street gang’s name in blue spray paint across his portraits of soldiers. By Monday, the tagging had already been crossed out in black; but not before gangsters left a fresh placa on the Mexican flag that anchors the mural alongside the Stars and Stripes, one that, at least, will be easier to paint over.
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