Still no arrest 2 years after teen's murder
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was Feb. 18, 2007 when Travis Moore was shot at a party in West Charlotte.By all accounts, the honor student and football player at West Charlotte High School was a good kid on the right path.
Investigators believe many people saw the shooting, but today, they tell Newschannel 36 they don't have even a viable hunch who fired the gun.
"For someone to take his life -- someone that he probably don't know, that don't know him -- and just walk away, that just tears me up," said Helen Moore, Travis' mother.
She took Newchannel 36 to his simple grave off Beatties Ford Road Thursday.
"I've gotten through the grieving part, but the pain of not having someone arrested for it is the hardest part," she said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Detective Steven Ladd said the time that's passed may help the investigation, which is why Moore and CMPD came forward on this anniversary with their request.
"I'm hoping that the two year lull, the two year time difference, takes some of the edge off of them speaking to police, and telling us what happened," Ladd said. "Two years of maturity, hopefully they'll step forward."
Moore was killed in an apartment in the Stonehaven apartment complex off Fernwood Drive. Many of the party-goers were students like him.Police don't suspect gang violence.
Moore said her son was headed to college.
"He wanted to be an emergency room doctor, and if he would have lived, he could have been," she said.
Her sisters and many nieces surrounded her at home as she talked to the media, laughing at the image of Travis, had he lived.
"He would have been having fun, enjoying life, dating numerous of girls," she said. "He was just fine like that. He was just a lovely kid."
Moore's sister Mae Barnett said justice is all the family wants.
"I don't know what happened, how it happened, why it happened, who it is, or what it was, but whoever it was had to have a monster in him for him to just walk into a house with 30 some people and just shoot," Barnett said.
If you have any information, call Detective Ladd at 704-336-6039.