From the upset blog:
Prominent renegade Chicago street artist, Solve, was one of four homicides registered in Chicago this weekend, raising even more the already large number of violent crimes and shootings in the city this year.
Only twenty-five (or 24) years old, Solve, A.K.A. Brendan Scanlon, was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest at 3032 W. Palmer Blvd. at 2:40 a.m.
A suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Brendan Scanlon
The murder Of Brendan Scanlon delivers a overwhelmingly saddening blow to the art and graffiti community of Chicago. Solve was a major influence and participant in the emerging and struggling Chicago street art scene in a city with one of the strongest anti-graffiti laws and tactics in the United States.
This rise in violence in Chicago continues to grow.
Over the past few months, Chicago has seen an increase in gun violence. In the month of April 2008 alone, approximately 40 people were shot and 12 people died in Chicago. Most of the killings happened in just one weekend, where 36 people were shot and 9 were murdered. Most of the shootings were from stolen guns and assault weapons. The majority of the shooters were young men who were under 21 years of age.
Mayor Daley blames the availability of guns for contributing to the violence. Reports are that the police in the city will soon be armed with assault rifles, so that they can match the firepower of the street gangs.
Brandon will be surely missed and never forgotten for his dedication to his artwork and his unselfish acts of sharing them.
R.I.Power Brandon 'Solve' Scanlon.
T.V. placed on Chicago blue line by Solve 2/ 13/ 2008
Interview with Solve on Gapers Block.