A large section of the vibrant mural, which was painted on the side of a vacant building, was destroyed when a layer of bricks affixed to the building gave way.
“We had multiple witnesses on the scene who said they saw lighting strike the building and the wall collapse,” Lt. Paul Davis, the Toledo Police Department Public Information Officer, told CNN.
“It was just age. It just came away,” Koogan told The Blade. “It happens to the older buildings.”
A spokesperson for the city told CNN that the building was still structurally sound.
Artist David Ross painted the mural last July after George Floyd was killed in police custody, according to WTVG.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz told CNN in a statement that the mural would be replaced.
“We will work with the Arts Commission and the artist to make sure that a new mural can replace the old, so that the message at the core of this artwork can be heard,” he said.