Murder victim’s family is working to create a mural for community

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A mother of seven was brutally murdered and her body was found behind the bushes at Buffalo’s Masten Park last October.

Now Jeraldine Goldsmith’s family wants to transform the space into a symbol of hope.

“It would be help for somebody else. My sister died, but I don’t want her death to be in vain,” Jeffrey Goldsmith, Jeraldine’s brother said.

The 52-year-old’s family wants to create a mural at the park.

The muralist, Augustina Droze used colors and images that represent peace and nonviolence.  Also, the faces will be replaced with images of locals and Jeraldine.

“The idea for the mural was to create a very peaceful place that people can come to reflect on domestic violence and those that have been taken away from us,” Droze said.

Police have not made an arrest in this case, but Goldsmith’s family believes she was a victim of domestic violence.

Goldsmith’s body was found on the stairs leading up to Masten Park, near City Honors. Her pants and shirt were partially pulled off. She also had a lot of trauma to her face.

“(She had a) damaged face, to the point where it took them 18 days to fix her face. She suffered in her last hours. I know, tremendously,” Goldsmith said.

That’s why her family hopes this mural will be a place of healing for them and the community.

“Murals are a special place for healing and providing hope for people and changing a community,” Droze said.

Jeffrey Goldsmith is also urging city officials to keep the bushes cut. He doesn’t want another person to die there.

As for the mural, the design was approved by the Buffalo Arts Commission. Now they need to raise $20,000 for it.

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