Family of inmate who died shares heartbreak

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The family of an inmate who died is still waiting for answers to how it happened. 

43-year-old Jamie Moore of Hoopeston died at the public safety building in Danville on August 1, 2018. State Police say, as of Monday August, 20, 1018, this is still an active investigation and the autopsy results are not in yet.  

His family is sharing their heartbreak. Sharon and Kenneth Moore got the worst news imaginable. When they found out their son was dead Sharon says, “We asked the coroner what she thought happened. She said she thought he had a heart attack.” 

For weeks, State Police have been investigating how this happened. The Moores are questioning what led up his death. In the meantime, this family is left broken without answers. 

Jamie’s father Kenneth Moore says, “It ripped my heart out.” His wife Sharon says, “At first it’s kind of unbelievable and you’re in shock. Then as the days go on, you’re just getting more and more depressed.”

Earlier this year Jamie Moore was arrested for aggravated battery and was waiting for his next court appearance. But he died before that could happen. 

Sharon Moore says, “We had the funeral and the next morning it’s like, where are we at and what are we doing? You lose all sense of time and you just don’t know. It’s hard.” 

His parents say he was trying to change his life for the better, but it wasn’t easy.

His father says, “When he graduated high school he went into the marine corps. He came back and he had a chip on his shoulder. If somebody made him mad he would fight them. Police had arrested him three or four times and he took drugs and that was his biggest problem.” 

Despite his criminal history, his death leaves a lingering pain for his family, especially his kids. Moore was the father of three and now they have to grow up without their dad. And Moore’s parent’s have to live on without their son. 

“He was not the most perfect child. But he was mine.” 

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