PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday in South Philadelphia to celebrate a new mural that honors African-American heroes — including a little girl whose life was cut short in a tragic incident.

The new mural, called “The Faces That Shape Us,” covers the east and west walls surrounding Uncle David’s Universal Playground at 15th and Catherine Streets.

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Among the figures depicted are Frederick Douglass, Rev. Leon Sullivan, and a little girl named Shakira Hinton.

“She was my little angel,” says Shakira’s mother, Jerri Coleman, who added that Wednesday was a bittersweet day. Her daughter, a straight-A student at Universal Charter School, was killed in a family murder-suicide in 2005.

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“I’m trying to hold back the tears,” Coleman told KYW Newsradio, “but I’m just so happy that they still think about my daughter. I think about her every day I wake up.”

The mural was developed through a partnership between Kenneth Gamble’s Universal Companies and the City of Philadelphia.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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