EUCLID, Ohio — Shalaymiah Moore’s mother, Rochelle Moore, said her daughter was just hitting her stride in life.
“She was at the peak of her life. She was supposed to appear in London in February to model, to walk across a runway. She will never get a chance to do that and that is so unfair to her,” said Moore.
Shalaymiah was the victim of a deadly attempted armed robbery Friday.
Her family said she was dropping off a friend at a house on Lakeshore when two men came up to her car with guns. Her mother said Shalaymiah tried to drive away, and at some point during the ordeal was shot. She later died at the hospital from her injuries.
“They got nothing but her life,” said Moore.
Police have arrested and charged Curtis Gatheright with her murder, but her mom said there’s still more questions surrounding her murder.
Shalaymiah was a model, nursing assistant and a mom to a 13-year-old boy.
“You can never replace a mother,” she said. “This has been horrendous for him. He asked the question ‘Why did they have to kill my mom?’”
On Tuesday, the Nation of Islam held a prayer and a call to action where Shalaymiah died.
“There will no longer be murder in our community without these brothers that you see and many more that are on their way and have made the commitment to do something about it,” said Minister Quran of The Nation of Islam.
He and dozens of others walked door-to-door throughout the neighborhood, urging anyone who saw anything the night she died, to come forward.
“You can put your life on the shoulders of Joe Biden or Trump, but as long as we don’t respect and protect our women in our community there will be death, no matter who the president is,” he said, addressing the crowd.
Moore said it’s a start, but she won’t stop until Shalaymiah gets justice.
“I am going to march and I’m going to do everything in me to make sure that they never walk the streets again for taking my daughter’s life,” she said.
Shalaymiah is not the first child Moore has lost to senseless gun violence, her son was shot and killed 13 years ago. She said his murderers have never been arrested.
If you know anything about Shalaymiah’s murder, you’re asked to call the Euclid Police Department at 216-731-1234.