ATLANTA -- A vigil was held Monday night for a homeless man who was killed at the Peachtree-Pine shelter almost a year ago.
“Today would have been Darius Moore’s 33rd birthday,” said Walter Gabriel, attorney for Ilonia Moore, the victim’s mother. “Had there been better security provisions in place, this tragedy never would have happened.”
Moore was shot to death on May 11, 2016. A fellow shelter resident, Saschi White was indicted, but Gabriel said that White was a convicted felon and should not have been allowed to be in the shelter with a weapon.
“White has a criminal history that includes multiple convictions for felony violent crimes and a string of prior arrests,” Gabriel said. “We believe that residents should be checked for weapons before they enter the shelter. Everyone should have a safe place to sleep.”
The Fulton County District Attorney’s victim witness assistance program provided 100 candles for the vigil.
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The Peachtree-Pine shelter in Midtown has been the source of controversy for several years. U.S. Army sergeant Ating Eminue wwas shot outside the shelter on Aug. 30, 2015, after giving a homeless man his shoes.
Harold Dotson, 21, was found guilty of Eminue’s murder.
Also in 2015, the shelter was linked to a tuberculosis outbreak that made national headlines.