Houston-area sculptor Shirley Scarpetta announced last month that she would honor four-year-old Maleah Davis, the young girl who was murdered by her mother’s ex-fiancé in April, with a bronze sculpture.
Scarlett’s said, “I couldn’t get her out of my head for a while now. When this happens, I usually have an out of body experience and have to sculpt it.”
According to CNN, Scarpetta was offered an opportunity when a private donor commissioned the piece. She said that the sculpture not only represents Maleah but all children that have been unfortunately taken from the world too soon.
“It’s for all of us,” she said. “Our children are so vulnerable, and other people need to be reminded to leave a legacy of kindness and loving one another.”
The statue is not yet finished, as it still needs to be cast in bronze. The base of the sculpture was completed in one day, but Scarpetta is hoping to finish the sculpture in its entirety within a month.
Scarpetta told Click2Houston, “I just feel really bad for their family and I only hope that they can heal from this and that they’ll see the love that everyone has—they’ve fallen in love with, they’ve called her Houston’s angel.”
R.I.P Maleah Davis ??