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Philadelphia officer sends portrait to family of KCK crossing guard

Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 19:25:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Philadelphia police officer who painted a portrait of crossing guard Bob Nill sent prints of the artwork to Nill’s family.

Jonny Castro, who primarily paints law enforcement and military members who died in the line of duty, told 41 Action News that Nill’s story was “heartbreaking.”

“He was a hero who saved the lives of those children,” Castro said, “so I felt that he deserved a portrait more than anyone.”

Nill died Tuesday when he was struck by a car moments after stopping two boys from entering the crosswalk.

Castro posted the portrait on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

A visitation for Nill will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Christ the King Parish in Kansas City, Kansas. Funeral services, also being held at the church, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.