Motel Shooter Says Victim "Challenged [His] Manhood"

"The family was shocked, not only for victim's sake, but also having a family member being involved."

Deon H. Moore was arrested after an altercation with his cousin, Larry Moore, at a Motel 6 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Dean originally claimed that his gun accidentally went off, but physical evidence suggests otherwise. Now, Dean asserts that the origin of the argument which cost Larry his life pertained to comments that "challenged [his] manhood."

According to the Chicago TribuneLarry had broken bones in his face and head lacerations, leading police to suspect a gun was used to pistol-whip him. Furthermore, investigators concluded that Larry was still left alive when Deon fled the scene. Larry's body was eventually found by motel staff.

Police were unable to recover the firearm after rudimentary attempts of covering up the death were made by Deon. Deon originally claimed he ditched the gun in a lake, but later changed his story and suggested he left it on a train.

The Daily Herald adds that the argument between the two had apparently started because Larry had questioned his masculinity.

"The family was shocked, not only for victim's sake, but also having a family member being involved," said Elk Grove Village Police Chief Chuck Walsh, who suggested the two had not had a longstanding rivalry. "The motel had good video surveillance and we were able to determine quickly this suspect was last seen with the victim," Walsh added.

Both parties had criminal backgrounds: Larry had pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges a week before his death; Deon had previouly been arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

Deon's bond has been set at $4 million.

[Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Department]

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