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Local artist uses her talents to help family of fallen Mentor officer killed in hit-skip

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 19:39:05-04

A local artist is using her talents and passion for helping others to show her support for the family of fallen Officer Matthew Mazany as they grieve the loss of their loved one.

Jennifer Brhel is drawing two portraits of the officer who was killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday. One portrait will be displayed at Mazany's funeral, and one will be donated to the auction fundraiser for his family. Brhel said the portrait at the auction will be used to show off her talents so people can bid for a custom drawing of their choice. The portrait itself will be given to Mazany's family.

Brhel said this is not the first time she has donated her art to help people during a tragedy. She said she likes to use her art to help others and believes people should help when they can. Her art is how she said she can help those in need or grieving.

Brhel also said she was very upset when she found out about Mazany's death and how he died.

"Freaking move over when you see them on the freeway," Brhel said. "If you see flashing lights, move over. I mean, come on. It's such a pointless death. I mean, there's no reason this had to happen. There really isn't. It's pointless and it's sad."

To see more of Brhel's art, visit her website or her Facebook page.