Diego Felipe Becerra's Bridge
At the site of a graffiti artist's murder, fellow artists gather to pay homage.
On August 19, 2011, Diego Felipe Becerra, or Tripido (his graffiti tag), was 17 years old and was painting graffiti under the bridge of Avenida Boyacá with 116th Street in Bogotá, Colombia. He was intercepted by a police officer and was would be expected to undergo a search. Afraid of the consequences, Becerra tried to escape, and was shot him in the back. He died almost instantly. The officer contacted his superiors and they all agreed to say that Becerra carrying a firearm and was involved in a robbery, and they planted a gun on the site of the shooting.
Later, the coroner’s office report confirmed that Becerra never was in contact with a firearm, and the trial of the officers started. Unfortunately, the culprit found a way to escape and is now a fugitive. The bridge has now become a place to honor Becerra’s memory, and each year is the site of Tripido Fest, when local graffiti artists gather to pay tribute to him by painting murals related to Becerra’s story.
Know Before You Go
There is a pet shop where you can find a parking place, it is not easy to find a spot nearby.
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