Train kills teenage graffiti artistSpray-painting public property without permission isn't art — it's vandalism.
Much of what passes as graffiti is "tagging," criminal gangs marking their supposed turf. Calling any of these people an "artist" downplays the destruction of public or private property. Graffiti costs state and localities tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year to eradicate.
I'm sorry this teenager lost his life, but he was not an "artist." He was old enough to know that he was engaging in illegal activity, and he was also old enough to know that doing this along a busy rail corridor was hazardous.