Italian Market Frank Rizzo mural vandalized

The vandalized mural of former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo at the Italian Market area in South Philadelphia on Sunday, July 1. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
The vandalized mural of former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo at the Italian Market area in South Philadelphia on Sunday, July 1. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 02, 2012

A vandal lobbed black paint at a mural of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo in the Italian Market over the weekend and sprayed "fascista" in red beneath him.

Police said they received a report on Saturday that the mural at 9th and Montrose streets had been hit and are investigating the incident. A large black splotch of paint hit directly over Rizzo's right eye, and paint splattered along the parking lot that the mural faces. On Sunday afternoon, the occasional passer-by stopped to take a picture of the defaced former mayor and police commissioner.

Rizzo's son, former City Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was informed about the vandalism by the Daily News Sunday afternoon.

"Oh, boy, I didn't know. That's terrible," Rizzo said. "It's unfortunate, but Frank Rizzo got knocked down a few times in his life. We'll fix it back up."

The 33-by-68-foot mural, originally painted in 1995, was rededicated in 2010 after a $20,000 sprucing up. n

Contact Jason Nark at 215-854-5917, narkj@phillynews.com or on Twitter @JasonNark.

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