The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:06 pm

Victim of Avondale Drive slaying identified

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Tuesday night, Avondale Drive on Fort Wayne's south side was lit up with police cars, divided by yards of yellow caution tape and filled with many family members, neighbors and friends who stood or paced in disbelief.

On the front porch of 4131 Avondale, the body of 55-year-old Robert Moore lay under a white sheet. "Bobby," as the growing throng called him, had been shot to death. Neighbors said bullets were fired from a car that pulled up around 11 p.m. as he was standing on the porch.

Some older relatives were dazed as they sought each other out. A younger woman who identified herself as Bobby's daughter begged police officers to go up to him.

"I won't believe that's my daddy until I see his face," she said as she wandered, distraught.

The house had been shot at earlier in the day, neighbors said. While on patrol in the area, Fort Wayne police officers heard gunshots before someone called 911 to report a man had been shot, said Chris Felton, city police spokesman.

Moore was initially determined to be in critical condition, and officers performed First Aid on him, but medics arrived and announced him dead. A police dog unsuccessfully tried to track the shooter, Felton said.

Moore's brother, Charles Moore, said he had been standing right next to his brother when he was shot and didn't know why anyone would do that. A former military man, Charles Moore pushed his girlfriend to the ground and took cover, he said.

"He was just standing on the porch," Charles Moore said.

A search on Bobby Moore's Facebook page doesn't reveal much except that he was a fitness buff who posted videos of his workouts and was into boxing. He was also a North Side High school graduate, class of 1980, according to his biographical information.

He liked Luther Vandross and rhythm and blues.

He had a large family and on Tuesday night, relatives were escorted beyond the yellow caution tape as neighbors went inside their homes to bring out chairs for some to sit on.

No one has been arrested in the slaying. Moore's death is the 35th homicide in Allen County, according to the Allen County Coroner's office.

It was unclear Wednesday whether the shooting that claimed Moore's life was related to two other shootings that injured three other people, two of them critically, on Tuesday. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222 or Crime Stoppers a 260- 436-7867.




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