ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Sumner High School sophomore killed while waiting for his school bus last week was remembered during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night in Barrett Brothers Park at Goodfellow and Greer. 16-year old James D. Moore fled into the park when a man began shooting at him October 22. He collapsed and died in the park.
Wednesday after school classmates joined his relatives to light candles and pray before releasing orange, blue and silver colored balloons. They stood in the baseball field where Moore took his last breaths.
"As we light these candles today Father God it`s a symbol that we give him back to you Father God because you love him best," prayed one friend.
Among the mourners was Charles Kindleberger, a retired city planner who described himself as a friend and mentor to Moore. He first met the youth as an elementary student through the Mentor St. Louis volunteer program. He recalled the teen as a person who loved life, laughed and enjoyed himself but had a sharp edge. Kindleberger introduced Moore to the St. Louis Art Works program because of his skill as an artist. He said the young man also enjoyed chess, cooking and canoeing.
The funeral for Moore will be Saturday at 10am at Piligrim's Rest Church on Kingshighway.
The St. Louis Police Department is still investigating the murder. Anyone with information is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-866-371-TIPS.