Vigil for South Florida Graffiti Artist in Stun Gun Death

Organizers say the event marks what would have been Israel "Reefa" Hernandez'-Llach's 19th birthday.

Israel Hernandez 2
Courtesy Rafael Lynch

A vigil is being held Monday night in Miami Beach for a teenage graffiti artist who died after he was shocked by police with a Taser.
 
Organizers say the event marks what would have been Israel "Reefa" Hernandez'-Llach's 19th birthday. It's being held outside a vacant McDonald's where Hernandez-Llach was last seen alive, tagging his name on the building's wall.
 
The case remains under investigation. Hernandez-Llach's family has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department claiming police violated his civil rights.
 
Police said Hernandez-Llach ran after they spray-painting the restaurant in August. They say he ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest. Hernandez-Llach later died at a hospital.

More NBC6.com Stories:

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us