Mitchell Moore stands at the grave site of his son Montrese Moore, who died at the age of 19 in a shooting at the corner of Cherry and Bancroft streets.
Second of four parts
Mitchell Moore says he should be dead.
Selling drugs, stealing cars. Shooting at people, being shot at. Taunting rival gang members.
Ruthless — it’s tattooed on his right arm.
“I don’t know how I’m alive. I think it been because a lot of my closest friends is dead,” said Moore, now 44. “It’s just like I'm next.”
Moore survived the streets. He served his time in prison. He wants his experiences to inspire his children to be better, not be a how-to guide for a life in the system.
“I’m tired of seeing my kids in jail. Getting murdered,” he said. “ … I used to tell them all the stuff I did and went through wasn’t right. … I went to prison so they wouldn’t have to go.”
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About the series:
Reporter: Taylor Dungjen
Photographer: Amy E. Voigt
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