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An Ohio mother, nurse's assistant and fashion model who had "finally reached her happy place," was fatally shot last week in her friend’s driveway.
Shalaymiah Moore, 34, was “at the peak of her life,” her mother, Rochelle Moore, told local station News 5 Cleveland. She’d strutted the runway at New York and Detroit’s Fashion Weeks, and she was booked for a fashion shoot in London this February, Cleveland 19 News reports.
Around 3:20 a.m. last Friday, Moore was in a car with a friend in that friend’s driveway when the pair noticed two men approaching them, according to a police report obtained by local station Fox 8 News. The men drew guns, and Moore and her friend tried to run. They made it over a fence and into a neighbor’s yard – but not before Moore had been shot in the back, according to the station.
Moore’s friend was attempting to tend to her injuries when police arrived, according to a crime blotter uploaded by the Euclid Police department. But the bullet had pierced her heart, 19 News reports. She died in the hospital.
“She was a free spirit who had no enemies. She had finally reached her happy place,” Rochelle Moore told the station.
Moore’s suspected killers took no money, Fox 8 News reports, nor did they take her car, her purse, or her phone.
“They got nothing but her life,” her mother told News 5.
On Tuesday, four days after Moore’s death, the Nation of Islam organized dozens of members to go door-to-door in her neighborhood, urging anyone with knowledge of the attack to come forward, News 5 Cleveland reports.
And Wednesday, the Euclid Police Department announced the arrests of 20-year-old Daylonta Jones and 21-year-old Curtis Gatheright in connection with this case. Both men have been charged with murder and aggravated robbery.
This was the second time Rochelle Moore lost a child to gun violence, 19 News reports. Her son was fatally shot 13 years ago near the same area.
A nurse’s assistant, Moore leaves behind a 13-year-old son, Jeremiah, and a family reeling with her loss.
“You can never replace a mother,” Rochelle Moore told News 5.
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