2007_01_ingleton.jpgCarlton Ingleton, an artist who also taught at Medgar Evers Colleges, was beaten to death by his son in his Crown Heights apartment. His son Assawa Ingleton had held his father, mother, pregnant wife, and their two children hostage for six hours, during which the son beat his father. The Daily News reports that when someone would try to help the father, Assawa Ingleton would hit him again. The ME's office said that Carlton Ingleton suffered "blunt impact injuries on the head and torso, a fractured rib, cuts of his liver and a brain hemorrhage." His wife, who was also injured, was the one who called the police after a friend convinced Assawa to let her go.

WABC says that Assawa Ingleton and his wife were arguing when she dropped off their children at his parents' apartment; the couple had been separated and Assawa Ingleton wanted her to end the separation. Apparently he blocked the door and told his family, "If anyone calls the police, I'll kill you all." Assawa Ingleton is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Carlton Ingleton attended the Arts Students League and he worked at his studio-gallery, 843 Studio Gallery on 843 East New York Avenue. The NY Times said that Ingleton "drew people on the subway, as well as neighbors who posed for him. He often had a knapsack to carry scraps he picked up around the city for sculptures."

Ingleton created a mural for the Crossroads Juvenile Center (pictured). His artist's statement reads:

Public art is important to the life of any city. It enhances cultural experiences for people who live and work in our communities and visually compliments the architectural designs of a city's buildings and structures. The Percent for Art Program gave me a great opportunity to contribute to the public art movement. This project freed my mind to envision and create large-scale work. For me, it was a pleasure to receive this commission and visually communicate with the community at large my ideas and aspirations for the betterment of mankind. I hope that the community is pleased with my effort to express in my work my desire for a harmonious, unified, loving society and that this message of cultural understanding, spiritual unity, and progressive alliances in art and technology will reveal the importance of the creative arts in our lives.

Family, friends, neighbors and students are mourning his loss, noting his warm heart and generous spirit.