Mom Speaks Out After Child's Senseless Death

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Wichita mother is devastated after a stray bullet kills her young daughter. 8 year-old Kimbra Moore was shot and killed Tuesday as she slept inside a South Wichita mobile home park.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting that killed the girl. Chris Moore can't imagine why this happened to her child.

Heartbreaking does not even begin to describe the hurt, or even describe the senselessness of all of this. Little Kimbra Moore was the pride of her mother, Chris. She liked the color red and loved daisies. But today, Cheris Moore is wondering how to even move forward.

"I don't know what to do," Moore said. "What do you do after someone takes your child? What do you do?"

Moore didn't even know there had been a shooting. With her family fast asleep at 3:00 in the morning, she recalls hearing what she thought was fireworks. Shortly thereafter, police knocked on her door. They had seen a bullet hole in the side of her home.

"I pulled my kids out of the room and they wouldn't let me touch her," Moore explained. "I still haven't seen my child. I just want to hold her. I just want to hold my baby and tell her how much I love her."

Moore is trying to move forward, but doesn't know quite how. Police have arrested 24 year-old Zach Gaston, who was released from prison just three months ago from drug convictions. Jail records also show 28 year-old Jessica Padilla is in jail for aiding and abetting a felon. Meanwhile, police found the black Ford Focus they were looking for in Planeview Park.

"We don't have any indication that any shots were fired from the vehicle or by anyone in the vehicle," Lt. Todd Ojile said. "Right now, it looks like all the shots were fired from the one individual chasing it."

As friends and neighbors consoled the grieving mother, Cheris Moore had her own feelings about the man police say shot and killer her angel.

"Of course, I want him to hurt like I do, but you know, it's too much hurt," Moore said. "I wouldn't wish it on my own enemy to feel the way I feel."

Little Kimbra Moore was a straight-A student at nearby Enterprise Elementary School, where the family walked to every morning.

"She was my best friend. She was everything in the world that was good in me," Moore said.

As for the investigation into this crime, police are still trying to figure out exactly what this disturbance was about. The neighbors, however, say it involved drugs and that a couple of the people involved had been told not to come around the mobile home park because of the trouble they brought in the past.

Moore's family and church are attempting to set up a memorial fund to help with unexpected expenses due to Kimbra's death. Those details are not yet final.

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