OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) – One stroke at a time, artist Cali Rob is doing his part to celebrate the life of Carl the Rooster.
“Carl was so much more than a rooster,” Rob said. “He was an icon. He was a pillar of the community.
To pay homage, he creates a larger-than-life piece outside Lil’ Market Deli and Bagelry to honor the much-loved bird.
“Art is just something I do with my life,” Rob said. “It’s a way of giving back and expressing, not just me, but also my love and giving back.”
He’s not the only one honoring Carl. Memorials are set up throughout downtown Ocean Springs, including handwritten letters and flowers.
Business owner Ashley Peto created bumper stickers. She has been inundated with requests, with more than 350 already.
“It’s just a message and the people who messaged me,” Peto said with a laugh. “It was not the separate messages that were shared. I try to keep up. It’s a lot, but I’m getting there. »
The money Peto raises will go to a local animal charity. She said it’s a collaborative effort.
“We have a lot of local community business owners who make shirts and all kinds of different things,” Peto said. “It was just something easy that I could do for the community in a short time.”
Authorities said Jones County Juvenile Corrections Officer Kendra Shaffer was involved in the kidnapping of Carl the Rooster, who was later found dead in Biloxi. Ocean Springs police issued Shaffer a misdemeanor arrest citation, and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department dismissed her.
However, some Ocean Springs residents say that’s not enough.
“Jobs come and go, but a life,” Rob said. “We only get one race in this lifetime. His life was cut short. »
“I think she should be an example for the crime she committed,” added Peto.
Artist Cali Rob said the mural should be completed within two weeks. He said efforts were also underway to honor Carl with a second line parade.
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