Rachel Gonzalez and Caroline Truong are two artists from Houston who are also huge BTS fans. The duo wanted to create an art piece that would show their love for the K-Pop group, but after the Uvalde school shooting in May, the purpose behind their project changed.
Initially, the two artists planned to paint a BTS mural to pay tribute to the septet. But later, they decided to dedicate the mural to Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old victim of the Uvalde school shooting on May 24. Amerie was hailed a hero after her friends disclosed that she was trying to save her classmates and teachers and call 911 amidst the crisis.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10 years old, was one of us. She was BTS ARMY. She was shot & killed trying to call 911 to save her classmates. This little girl is my new hero, and I’ll be lighting a candle for her, her classmates, and her teachers tonight.https://t.co/AIcxy575J3 pic.twitter.com/IT8wMEtRcA
— Meike⁷ | borahae arts (@BorahaeArts) May 25, 2022
According to Amerie’s mother, Kimberly Garcia, she wanted to be an art teacher and loved BTS.
Ameries dream was to be an Art Teacher. Art was her passion. Clay was her favorite. Her favorite color was Lavender, she loved sunflowers, Vanilla bean frappe from Starbucks was her favorite drink. BTS was her favorite band, and she was a Girl Scout💜
— Kimberly Garcia (@kim_amerie) July 16, 2022
So, to honor this brave-hearted ARMY, Rachel and Caroline dedicated their BTS mural at Ninja Ramen on Washington Ave to her. The painting features the seven members of BTS in front of a purple Houston skyline. Amerie’s name appears at the top of the band’s logo.
Kimberley posted the artwork on her Twitter where other BTS fans extended their love and support to the grieving mother and her daughter.
This mural was dedicated to Amerie💜 I left the name of the amazing Artist, so if you have an Instagram you are able to go look💜 pic.twitter.com/YZnWU4nyC8
— Kimberly Garcia (@kim_amerie) July 20, 2022