By Joe Johnson
As he has done several times before, Athens artist Ronnie Bernard Hull III today will be creating a portrait of a murder victim in a way that the portrait will find its way into the hands of the victim’s family.
Beginning at 6 p.m. today, May 18, Hull will begin drawing the likeness of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was shot to death on Feb. 23 by two white men as he jogged in a Glynn County neighborhood.
It is believed that Arbery was racially profiled after the neighborhood had experienced some thefts. Many have called his death a lynching.
The drawing-in-progress can be viewed via Facebook Live, on Hull’s Facebook page: Ron Da Don.
“I wanted to do this special live capturing the life and essence of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery to bring a sense of comfort to his family and awareness to our community," Hull said. “The killing has to stop.”
Hull said when he saw the video of Arbery being killed he was devastated.
“From the moment I saw the shooting to the moment I saw his injured body stumble and collapse to the ground was absolutely devastating.”
Hull is owner of Ronnie B Art & Designs and is a makeup artist who operates Blessed by the Brushes.
He has created all his victim drawings as Facebook Live events, the first coming after the 2017 suspicious death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, whose body was found in the locked freezer of a suburban Chicago hotel where she attended a party