Mural goes up in Arvada in tribute to slain good Samaritan Johnny Hurley

11 News spoke with the creator of the Arvada mural for Johnny Hurley, who killed an active shooter and was then mistakenly killed by police in June.
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 4:05 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 6:16 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Denver-area artist recently created a large-scale mural in tribute to slain good Samaritan Johnny Hurley.

In June, Hurley killed an active shooter who had killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley in a public square. Authorities say Hurley’s decisive actions undoubtedly saved further loss of life. Hurley was then mistakenly killed by Arvada police who thought he was a second active shooter.

Artist Robyn Frances, who paints under the name of Grow Love Art (, says she attempted to capture the positive attitude and can-do spirit at the root of Hurley’s heroism.

“Johnny really epitomized the best version of himself, and so many people looked up to him. I think his spirit has affected his community and even gone wider than that to a wider community, to see how individuals can be such a positive influence in their communities,” Frances says.

To see the mural and the conversation with Frances, watch the video above.

The Aurora Police Department and many others have recognized Hurley as a hero.

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