By Jesse Sarles

DENVER (CBS4) – A unique piece of street art appeared in suspended fashion above a Denver street over the weekend. It’s a tribute to the life of Elijah McClain, the young Black man from Aurora who died after being stopped by police.

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The memorial is made of wire and is located above the intersection of 18th Avenue and Sherman Street, a few blocks away from Colorado’s capitol.

McClain died in August 2019 after being stopped by police while he was walking home with a ski mask on. An investigation into his death is still ongoing but Aurora city attorneys claim officers were justified in stopping the 23-year-old and in their use of the carotid hold, a subduing technique that was later banned by the City of Aurora.

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The art shows McClain playing a violin. He was an accomplished violinist and reportedly played at animal shelters.

Jesse Sarles