A Community Mourns a Family’s Loss

By Roberte Varasse • Nov 23rd, 2012 • Category: News

The bodies of Brandon, age 2, and Connor Moore, age 4, were found on Thursday, November 1st in a marsh on Staten Island, days after being wrested from their mother’s arms as she attempted to flee Hurricane Sandy in her car. After holding hope to find them alive, the boys’ parents eventually faced the grim facts and found themselves in a position no parent wants to be in: making funeral arrangements for their two young children.

Frigid temperatures on Thursday, November 8th did not stop people from attending the viewing of the two boys, reminding each and every person there how devastating and sad the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy was.

Gathered at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, were friends, co-workers, family members and well-wishers who came to pay their last respects to the boys and show support to their parents.

Dressed in a black suit and wearing black pearl earrings, Glenda Moore, the mother of the two boys, was sitting down looking at the casket. Beside her, also wearing a black suit, sat her husband, Damian Moore, who visibly tried to stay strong for his wife.

Lying inside of the single white casket were the bodies of the Moore’s sons.  On top of the casket sat a 2-by-2-foot crucifix with two red roses, one for each boy.

On either side of the room next to the boys’ coffin were two giant books, each one full of small pockets.  In each pocket was a laminated card with the boys’ names for guest to take.

A few feet away, another book was open for attendees to write their  names and addresses. Huge colorful bouquets of flowers were each tied with a big bow and gave life to an otherwise somber room.

Sorrow and grief pervaded the space as more people came to fill in the empty seats. For Denise, a woman in her 40s who avoided the viewing room and sat in the hallway instead, it was simply too much. With her voice breaking up, she said that she did not know Glenda Moore personally but expressed her deep sadness for the mother’s loss. Like the Moore’s, she is a parent. Connor Moore attended the Saint Edmund Elementary School, in Brooklyn, with her own 9-year-old son. Wiping tears from her eyes every time she tried to say a word, Denise could not make sense of this tragedy.

“Horrible! I cannot imagine losing my child,” she said, holding a white paper tissue. “I cannot find the right words to console the grieving parents.”

While some, like Denise, were willing to share their sorrow, others were not. “I am not here to answer questions,” said a woman who refused to give her name. “This is neither the place nor the time.”

Emotions ran high and the police were on hand to keep people and the press under control.

Mrs. Moore, who works at a nursing home in Brooklyn, was left in shambles after the disappearance of her two young sons. While attempting to leave her flooded house to make the trip from Staten Island to her relatives’ house in Brooklyn, she was caught in a powerful tide that swept her sons away.

Despite the support of many rallying behind the boys’ parents during this tragic event, the death of the two boys was difficult to comprehend. “I cannot express how I am feeling right now,” said a middle-aged woman named Marie. Grabbing her friend’s hands to signal her that it was time to leave, she said, “I simply can’t.”

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