Pastor Shot Dead in Front of Church in Compton, California

  Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Pastor Shot Dead in Front of Church in Compton, California

Many in Compton, California are asking for an end to violence after a pastor was shot and killed outside the church where he preached.

According to ABC 7 News, Rev. Reginald Moore was shot in the chest on Oct. 24 outside of the Upper Room Christian Center. He was found lying in the street holding his Bible. He was 67.

"He was a good man, and he loved God, and I'm telling you, whoever did this, turn yourself in," Moore's widow said.

Moore had been walking to his car from the church after Bible study, said Christine Peggese, Reginald Moore's cousin.

"He had a boot on and a cane, so why would they do it? I don't know it," she said.

"How can you kill a pastor? A pastor of the church that's trying to bring other people in to worship God."

Raymond Sanders, Moore's nephew, told reporters that his uncle's last sermon had been about anger and turning over those feelings to God.

"He was discussing how you can be angry, but sin not. He was saying you can be angry, but still be a better person, a better man, a better father by not turning to anger," Sanders said.

"The people who shot him had to know he was coming from church, that he was defenseless, just a disabled, old man walking to his car," he added.

Moore's daughter, Daney Raqueal Moore, said he wants to live by her father's example.

"My father was a good man. And his teaching and preaching will not go in vain," she said. "I'll continue to live through his legacy by ensuring that there will be peace, there will be love, there will be joy."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau is investigating the shooting.

"I just hope they catch the guy. He can't run. He can't hide from God. God's going to bring him out, and they're going to catch him. I know they are," Peggese said.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.