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Support pours in to repair and restore Grohl Alley

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WARREN, Ohio - Support from local artists and fans of Dave Grohl Alley is pouring in, after a vandal was caught on camera damaging the tribute to a Warren-born musician.

The alley was cleaned up and designed to change and grow as time went on, but at least one alley artist is determined to ensure the actions of a vandal that cover the majority of Grohl-inspired artwork won't be a part of it.

"Everybody's kind of on the same boat that they want to get it back to where it was, if not better," Aaron Chine says, of Chine Ink Box in Austintown.

The tattoo artist says he spent hours of his free time contributing to the alley's wall art in the past. As artists work to clean off spray paint that was spread across the majority of the paintings and sculptures, alley organizers continue to field calls and messages from volunteers who want to help. Some are even reaching out on the official Dave Grohl Alley Facebook page.

"People that want to just help out, come down to survey and see what they can do, whether just to clean up or add some art work themselves," Joe O'Grady says, Grohl Alley founder. 

Alley organizers are planning a community event to raise money donations to restore and repair the alley. An official date is in the works. 

Warren police say they do have a person of interest, but so far no arrest has been made.

Knowing he might have to start over from scratch, Chine has a message for the person captured in this surveillance video defacing the alley's art.

"I don't want him to consider himself an artist, he's not," Chine says. "He's a punk, no real artist would ever do that to someone else's art work."
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