Young artist pays tribute to fallen trooper with portrait

Portrait of Lt. Jay Cullen by Anthony Bowes (Photo courtesy of Anthony Bowes)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A young artist from Richmond decided to use his talents to honor one of the troopers lost during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Anthony Bowes, who is only 17, made a portrait of Lt. Jay Cullen, that took him about 25 hours.

Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, died last Saturday (Aug. 12, 2017) when the helicopter they were piloting crashed in Albemarle County.

Bowes says he is friends with Cullen's son and when he heard the news, he immediately went to work on the art.

Bowes goes to online school at Liberty University and his grandmother is also an art professor at the school.

"They told me that, it was one of the nicest things they could have received at the time, which really gave me appreciation for how it went," Bowes said.

The family displayed the art at the center of Trooper Cullen's funeral.

Virginia State Police said the grandson of retired Master Trooper, Fred Bream also paid tribute to the fallen troopers by using his birthday money to buy flowers.

The little boy asked his mother to drive him to the office in Warrenton so he could lay the flowers on their vehicle.

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