On the Site:


Alarming Graffiti Found On Downtown SLC Building, Quickly Cleaned Up

Dec 20, 2019, 6:45 PM | Updated: 6:49 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Graffiti indirectly calling for an assassination was cleaned up after being painted on a downtown Salt Lake City building near an Interstate 15 offramp.

However, its message had a lot of people worried about just how far civil discourse in our country has fallen.

Scott Evans said graffiti is so common he doesn’t really even get upset anymore when he sees it while heading to work in Salt Lake City.

However, when he arrived at his business Friday morning, a fresh painting on the roof of the old Ballet West building near 300 West and 600 South had him feeling all shades of red.

“Never too late to assassinate,” he said while reading the same message on a building. “To me, that’s not okay.”

The graffiti as seen from 600 South in downtown Salt Lake City Friday morning.

Someone painted the indirect message sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.

However, Evans felt it was clear as to who it was intended for.

“To me, it has a political connotation that it means go kill the President,” he said. 

No matter what side of politics you side with, both sides might find common ground that this went too far. 

“Insinuating that somebody ought to go shoot him is well beyond what, as a society, in my opinion, we should be willing to put up with,” Evans said.

Salt Lake City officials sure didn’t put up with it for long and by noon, a city graffiti removal crew was also on the roof. 

In less than 20 minutes, fresh gray paint covered the graffiti so people coming off of I-15 onto 600 South, one of the busiest roads in Salt Lake City, wouldn’t see it anymore. 

Officials with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office wouldn’t allow those crews to talk about how busy they have been painting over graffiti lately.

Fresh gray paint was quickly applied to cover the graffiti.

However, Evans said a fresh coat of paint isn’t nearly enough to hide just how divided the United States has become.

“We need a way to bring this country together,” he said. “We should be loving one another and working together to help one another.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

In the moment they feel like small purchases, right? An ornament here. A stocking stuffer there. A ...

Matt Gephardt

How you can avoid holiday debt despite the pressure to spend

In the moment they feel like small purchases, right? An ornament here. A stocking stuffer there. A last-minute office gift. But all this can quickly add up to a financial holiday hangover. And perhaps it’s one you’re still feeling from the last holiday season.

8 hours ago

The inversion as seen from Salt Lake City on Nov. 29, 2023. (Jack Grimm, KSL TV)...

Debbie Worthen and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

Utah leaders face uphill battle on clean air before 2034 Olympic Games

Part of Utah's agreement with IOC requires clean air for the Olympic Games in 2034 if Salt Lake is to host. Leaders have ambitious plans for the next decade in attempt to make it happen.

8 hours ago

A picture of Powder, the official Olympic mascot in 2002, who was played by Heather Mickey, picture...

Mary Culbertson and Andrew Adams, KSL TV

2002 Olympic mascot reflects on her time as Powder after big announcement

An official Olympic mascot looks back on her time during the Games in 2002, and talks about what excites her for 2034.

8 hours ago

American Preparatory Academy on Nov. 29 after it was evacuated for carbon monoxide fumes found in t...

Mary Culbertson and Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Potentially 45 preschoolers and 10 adults exposed to carbon monoxide at American Prep Academy

Five toddlers and five adults were taken to the hospital after being exposed to carbon monoxide at American Preparatory Academy.

9 hours ago

(KSL TV)...

Lindsay Aerts

Student accused of attacking Kearns High teacher has special needs, district says

The Granite School district is now investigating what it calls an “egregious” attack on a teacher in the classroom. That teacher is said to be recovering, as is an Assistant Principal and a resource officer who assisted the teacher.

12 hours ago

(KSL TV)...

Shelby Lofton

Park City vet thinks he’s treated dogs with mysterious respiratory illness

A Park City veterinarian suspects he has treated dogs with a mysterious respiratory illness reported in other states, but a state veterinarian says Utah still has no confirmed cases.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Alarming Graffiti Found On Downtown SLC Building, Quickly Cleaned Up