Memory of slain St. Louis artist preserved with gallery opening

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - An accomplished artist shot and killed in the Central West End last month is being honored, through what he loved, art. Tyrell Thompson's friends and family hope the community stands with them this weekend.

Organizers of the Vibes Grand Showcase say the positive event is about giving local artists a chance to showcase their talents. Every year a portion of their proceeds to a different charity. This year the money will go to the Finesse Center in honor of Tyrell Thompson.

"This was his passion like Tyrell refused to do anything other than art. I think it is important to keep his legacy alive through his art because that was his life's work." said Kayla Thompson.

Tyrell Thompson was known to his friends as Rell Finesse. Family members started the Finesse Center located in Downtown St. Louis after his death. The center will be a place for artists to work together to create just like Tyrell did.

Thompson, 28, was killed during an attempted robbery in June in the Central West End. His death came just days after the anniversary of the death of his father Tyrone Thompson. He died under similar circumstances six years ago.

This weekend his fellow artists are gearing up for the big art showcase to raise funds to help keep his memory alive. The Vibes STL Grand Art Showcase will be held Saturday from 6pm-1am at the Performing Arts Center located 2720 Cherokee street in south St. Louis. Admission is $20.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Finesse Center in honor of Tyrell Thompson.