His painting of Atatiana Jefferson’s final moments was displayed on the floor of the US House of Representatives

Nikkolas Smith Nikkolas Smith’s digital painting of Atatiana Jefferson and her nephew has been shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook.

She wears a wide smile, perhaps mid-laugh, as she sits on a couch next to a smiling boy. Their hands clutch remote controls to a video game. Their eyes reflect shared joy.

In the digital painting, artist Nikkolas Smith captures the “final, joyful moment” of a 28-year-old aunt who was gunned down in her home this month by a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, who’d been summoned for a welfare check.

“I wanted to paint the last thing pre-Med graduate Atatiana Jefferson was doing before she was killed by the cops,” he wrote in an Instagram message posted with his artwork.

Rather than capture Jefferson’s killing — truc tiep bong da for which the officer has been charged with murder — or the community protest that’s followed, Smith aimed to “show the humanity of the victim,” he told CNN on Tuesday.

His perspective has struck a chord.

The oil painting-like sketch of Jefferson and the 8-year-old nephew who witnessed her death is now the most-shared Facebook post by an artist whose images of the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle encouraging schoolkids and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie also have captured widespread attention.

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