Minneapolis skateboarder, graffiti artist identified as fallen man from Stone Arch Bridge
The body of a graffiti artist and well-known member of the Minneapolis skate community was removed from the Mississippi River on Tuesday.
Kyle Alexander, known for his graffiti label KGOD, fell from the stone arch bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on May 1. The body of the 27-year-old man was found in the river near the lock and dam at Lower St. Anthony Falls. May 25 at 9:18 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s report released Friday.
The report notes that the cause of his death is still awaiting further investigation.
Alexander’s friends and family told the Star Tribune that he climbed over the fence of the Stone Arch bridge to go to a different level to put his “KGOD” tag on the bridge, when he slipped and stood. fell into the river.
In addition to his popular street art, Alexander was a staple of the Elliot Park skate park, so much so that there is pressure to rename the park in his honor. A Change.org petition urging Minneapolis city officials to rename it Kyle Alexander Park has 2,440 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
“Kyle’s energy and love touched many people inside and outside of the skate community,” the petition states. “He was the person who always had a smile on his face, pushing you to do your best no matter what it was. Make you laugh when you were sad, and always make sure everyone had a good time. good time.
“Growing up, Kyle would skate at the Elliot skate park and ended up making it a must-see park for him. People knew that if you went skating at Elliot Park, you were going to see Kyle, ”the petition adds.
The petition says that naming Elliot Park for Alexander “would give his family and the entire Minneapolis skate community a sense of relief and happiness through these trying times,” adding that their goal was to show Alexander’s impact. on the world.
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Those who knew Alexander plan to gather near East 35th Street and South Bloomington Avenue on Saturday, where a mural will be painted to celebrate his life, according to social media posts.
The Star Tribune notes that when companies in Minneapolis installed plywood to cover windows during Derek Chauvin’s trial, Alexander’s skills as a graffiti artist were in high demand.
Family, friends and more paid homage to Alexander on social media, using the hashtag # KGOD4L, where they remember his love for life and contagious energy. Here is a sample: