A new mural from Montreal-Colombian artist Julian Palma Luque honours Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, the 10-year-old boy who’s been missing since March 2018.
Kouakou was last seen on Monday, March 12, around 12 pm in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville area, after leaving his home to visit a friend.
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The mural, which is located on the corner of rue Masson and de la 7e avenue in Rosemont, is “a gift to the Kouakou family,” reads the artist’s Spanish on Instagram.
“This wall is a gift to the Kouakou family; to his parents who are an example of strength, faith, love, and forgiveness. It is a gesture of solidarity and memory at a time when we forget so soon and too quickly. It is the most honest way I found to join in the wait. I wait for Ariel because in his eyes I see my son.”
This past March, new initiatives were launched by Montreal police, the STM, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada to locate the missing boy.
Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou stands at 4’7” and weighs 90 lbs, he has brown hair, brown eyes and speaks French.
The Missing Children’s Network urges anyone with any information on Ariel to contact them at 1-888-692-4673 or Info-Crime Montréal at 514-393-1133.