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Grafitti Vandal Who Fell and Died Had Notorious History

SACRAMENTO–

A man found dead at a freeway construction site had a history of arrests for graffiti vandalism.  A roadside memorial where the bloody body of 23-year-old Andrey Petkov was found included cans of spray paint as well as flowers, crosses and candles.

Friends say Petkov may have fallen from the freeway over-crossing, 30 to 40 feet above the roadway.  There is evidence of recent graffiti activity on the bridge near where his body was found.  Friends say he may have been with several other people, but no one was around when his body was found.

Petkov was one of 4 people arrested by Roseville police when the notorious Sacramento Graffiti Killers crew was arrested, following an undercover operation in 2009. Police at the time said they were responsible for $80,000 in damages and that 321 cases of graffiti vandalism were cleared in Roseville and Sacramento with their arrest.

Friends continued to come by the memorial Monday, although they were told to leave by Caltrans construction crews who said it was too dangerous because of work being done with heavy equipment overhead.  No one was at the site Friday night or early Saturday morning when Petkov is believed to have fallen.

One neighbor said Petkov was outgoing and friendly and did not fit their image of a graffiti vandal.

Sacramento Police say they have no knowledge of anyone else who may have been at the scene during the accident.  They say the Sacramento County Coroner’s office has declared it an accident and will investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

16 comments

  • David Rosensteel

    Sweet! Karma once again prevails! Moral of the story, kids: you’re not out late at night doing stupid stuff like performing random acts of vandalism, you tend to live a longer, stress free life. Nobody cares about your supposed “art” work anyway. Good riddance….

  • Aaaaaa

    Andrey was a good kid he is not a vandal like many of you are making him look like he was loved by everyone that knew him …he had great dreams and his whole life ahead of him

  • matt

    If he was a good kid then why was he doing that? Would you have allowed him to “tag” your house or your familys house? If he was an artist then use other forms of communication to the canvas

  • chophauser

    Really? Maybe the police should let the public stone all graffiti writers to death?
    I bet you'd like that. You sound like a rich idiot or a redneck, and I'm sure your taste in "art" is sooo refined. I take comfort in the fact that graffiti is here to stay, and that you have to live with it.

  • Lokari

    If he was spray painting public or private property without permission, he was, by definition, a vandal.

  • Lokari

    It may be contrived, but Matt is right – vandalism is not art. Art is creative. Vandalism is destructive. Just because some punks with no productive interests to occupy their time think it's cool does not make it acceptable.

  • Vandalizer

    Have some respect for the dead. He was obviously passionate about his art work if he climbed on a free over pass to do it. If you ever die and end up on the news i'll make sure to tag "riddance on your grave". The "Moral" of the story is this guy is dead and he has way more balls than you. I wish you the worst of luck. Have a nice day.
    PS Graffiti is here to stay you redneck <3

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