Baltimore artists on Sunday offered their work for sale to benefit the family of a Randallstown woman killed in a standoff with police.
Half the gray face showed a young woman, her nose and mouth bleeding in red. The other half showed a policeman, hooded and blue-eyed.
Baltimore artist Reese Clark titled her portrait "Reds, Whites and Blues." It was among the many pieces of art offered for sale Sunday in memory of Korryn Gaines, the Randallstown woman killed in a standoff with Baltimore County police.
Gaines, 23, was shot and killed last week at the end of the nearly seven-hour standoff. In the following days, a handful of artists and their friends organized the sale to benefit the young mother's family. Their drawings, paintings and pop-art posters spoke of police brutality and empowering African-American families.
Clark said her portrait represented her own encounter last year with an officer. She said only that they had an "altercation."
Another artist donated posters of a shotgun-armed Gaines with a quote attributed to Bob Marley: "Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life."
Keels said Gaines worked to empower African-Americans in Baltimore.
"She cared about her people ... for someone with a positive message to leave us, that hurts."
Police say officers went to Gaines' apartment on Sulky Court last Monday to serve her an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. Police say she pointed the shotgun at them and remained in the apartment with her 5-year-old son.
Gaines' family has questioned whether the department could have prevented her death. Police Chief Jim Johnson has said the agency followed procedures and worked hours to end the standoff peacefully. He said police fired only after Gaines raised her gun to a ready position and threatened to kill. Gaines returned fire. No officers were injured.
Gaines' 5-year-old son was wounded in his arm and cheek by police gunfire, police said.