MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- One of the victims of the deadly Bryn Mawr shooting leaves behind a legacy of laughter and love.

"You could tell by his art that he liked to laugh, and he liked whimsy," said Lorrie Link, Executive Director of the Maple Grove Art Center.

Jacob Beneke, 34, was one ofsix people killed Thursday in Minneapolis when a gunman opened fire at his former workplace before turning the gun on himself.

Friends and colleagues say besides working at Accent Signage, Beneke was an inspirational artist, known for his abstract sculptures and paintings.

"He would find pieces of old classic cars and signs and bicycles, whatever he found he made it into art," Link said, standing near one of Beneke's signature pieces -- a sculpture entitled "White Rabbit."

Beneke was involved in the Maple Grove Art Center and was helping to lead an effort to bring art into the community by displaying works in local businesses.

"To get involved in the community is a huge step, and he was ready for that," Link said.

But Link says Beneke's greatest gift was his commitment and love of his family -- his wife and young son.

"[He was] a very, very good dad. And his son tagged around with him everywhere he went," Link said, adding. "We're missing out on someone who is very kind, verygiving."

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