Rally for peace and justice!
Romona Moore left home at approximately 6:55 pm on April 24, 2003. She told her mom that she was going to get some food at the local Burger King. Afterward, she stopped by a friend’s house who claims she left at approximately 7:30 p.m. That was the last time she was seen by anyone. When her family reported her missing to the 67th Precinct, the police failed to respond immediately by launching a prompt investigation. In fact, the police had closed the investigation after 48 hours!
Romona’s family took matters into their own hands—making flyers and contacting the media. On May 10, Romona’s family received an anonymous telephone call that would change their lives. The caller gave an address as to where the body was located. The family reached the location before the police arrived. Romona’s body was found under a vending truck next to an abandoned building on King’s Highway.
It was later determined that Romona had been abducted, held hostage, raped and beaten to death ALL IN HER OWN NEIGHBORHOOD.
WHAT IS GOING ON?
We are calling upon the members of Remsen Village and Brooklyn to come forward and condemn the hate that is plaguing our community. If you know any information about the events that led to Romona’s death, we are counting on you to speak. No family should ever have to go through what Romona’s family has survived. As the saying goes, “It takes a community to raise a child” and we are failing all of our children—sisters, cousins and friends by not stepping up and protecting our communities. THE TIME TO STAND UP IS NOW!!!
Negligence and the chronic racism that plagues the infamous 67th precinct is a causal factor in Romona’s death. The same precinct connected to the Abner Louima. Patrick Dorismond, Aswon Watson and Georgy Louisgene cases failed to launch an immediate investigation and closed Romona’s case, without notifying Missing Persons Squad, 2 days after being reported missing. Romona, who never missed class or left home without telling her mom, was not considered a “unique or unusual” case by detectives, which would have led police officers to investigate. Det. Carey, who was assigned to the case, was presumptuous, unresponsive, and disrespectful. The family was told to stop calling, “the law sucks,” and police tried to convince them she ran away. Although the family received two anonymous phone calls, the police did not give them a tracking/recording device until after they buried their only child. The 67th Precinct of the NYPD must claim some accountability for the untimely death of Romona Gail Moore.
On June 5, 2003 Council Member Charles Barron introduced the “Romona Moore Bill” requiring that an immediate search begin for missing person under the age of 25– the law stands now that you must be age 16 or under. It will also amend the days the police must turn the case over to the Missing Persons Squad from 7 to 3. “We do this to end discrimination… Oftentimes when missing persons come from white communities they launch into an investigation immediately. When it comes to our communities of color, they often say the person is hanging out, they’re partying” Charles Barron*
*Greenwich Village Gazette 6/9/03