Local Artist Paints Portrait to Remember Murder Victim

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- A Valley artist is painting a portrait to keep alive the memory of local murder victim Julian Parrott.

C.B. Bellerose is putting the finishing touches on his painting of Parrott.

Bellerose says he does not typically paint portraits, but this one was important for him to do. He say it is his way of showing Julian he appreciated him.

"I'm hoping this physical piece here ends up somewhere looking out over downtown," Bellerose said. "There's no price or cost associated with this. This is just from me to him."

Parrott was found dead at Gypsy Hill Park on May 8 after being stabbed several times.

A memorial service for Parrott is scheduled for Sunday, May 18. It starts at 4 p.m. at the R.E. Lee High School auditorium.

The 16-year-old arrested in connection with Parrott's murder will be tried as an adult. He faces a charge of first-degree murder.

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