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Mural unveiled for baby Elaina

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Paying tribute to baby Elaina through art.

Wednesday, a mural with the toddler's picture was hung in east Toledo, completing part of a beautification project.

"It's great," Richard Schiewe, Elaina's grandfather said of the painting.

Two local artists collaborated to work on the picture.

"As a community centered gallery, we wanted to come up with something that was engaging and meaningful for our east Toledo family," Amber Lefever, one of the artists, LeSo Art Gallery, said.

"This is a great way to put her face out there," Brad Scherzer, the other artist, LeSo Art Gallery, said.  "I love to see her surrounded in flowers."

Elaina's family says the mural is a heartfelt gesture that captured her personality.

The painting is meant to keep the little girls memory alive but it's also the final piece to an even bigger project aimed at beautifying east Toledo.

"This is one part of our phase one public art initiative," Lefever said of the project.

Elaina's picture completes the mural portion with 19 paintings.

But it was really a gift for her family who lost so much and the community that fought for justice.

The materials for the paintings were donated by the building owner.

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