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Tribute on Graffiti Bridge

Family and friends of a Pensacola woman who died last year are using the Graffiti Bridge to pay tribute to her.
    A mural of Michelle Thrush was painted on the bridge last night.
   
Thrush died on Valentine's Day last year, in a car crash on Bayou Boulevard.
    Police say she lost control of her car near Inverness drive and then crashed.
    She was just 23 years old.

Not a day goes by that Alicia Thrush doesn't think about her twin sister, Michelle.
    Like most twins, the two had a special bond.

"From conception we've been together. It's hard to know it's been a year since I've seen her," said Thrush.

As the anniversary of Michelle's death approached, Thrush wanted to do something special to remember her.
    With the help of her friend, Loren Miller, they decided to paint a mural of Michelle on graffiti bridge.

"The only thing I'm good at is art. I wanted to do something she would have enjoyed," said Miller.

Thrush and Miller, along with some friends started painting Thursday night in the cold. The entire project took six hours.
    The image they used of Michelle came from old photos on her cell phone. Written above the mural is the date of when she died.

"We took our time talking about memories. Part of the meaning of it was just the building of it," said Miller.    

Family and friends are still grieving the loss of a loved one, but seeing her face painted on a Pensacola landmark, helped them remember her on this difficult day.
     The artist, Miller,  plans on doing this every year to remember Michelle.