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HIGH POINT SLAYING STIRS FEAR AND ANGER IN NEIGHBORHOOD\ MAN SLAIN WITHIN 50 FEET OF HOME
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HIGH POINT SLAYING STIRS FEAR AND ANGER IN NEIGHBORHOOD\ MAN SLAIN WITHIN 50 FEET OF HOME

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A 61-year-old janitor was slain while walking home from a nearby convenience store Tuesday night.

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You can't miss the white fliers once you turn onto Oakwood Street.

They have have been tacked to the telephone poles, slid underneath doors and handed out to passing residents in a two-block area surrounding this short street near the railroad tracks.It's all to help the anguish of J.D. Moore's family. They want to catch his killer.

``I still can't believe he's dead, he can't be dead,' Moore's 49-year-old wife, Mary, said Wednesday.

``Why, why, why shoot a man in cold blood? No heart. No conscious.'

Moore, 61, was fatally shot in the head at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday as he walked back from a nearby convenience store to the boarding house that he and his wife ran at 102 Oakwood St.

Moore died within 50 feet of his house - in the arms of his stepson, Dusty Lassiter.

There have been no arrests, and police have no suspects or motive.

``I'm mad, I'm mad and I'm scared,' said Lassiter, 22. ``I'm scared for everybody out here because they're (Moore's assailants) are still on the streets.'

Moore was a soft-spoken man who had no known enemies, residents say. He helped his wife run her three-story boarding house - known as Moore Manor - by helping cook breakfast, plant flowers and mow the grass.

But one thing he didn't do was venture out after dark. He always went to bed around 8:30 p.m. so he and his wife could get up early and fix breakfast for boarding room residents before he headed for his janitor's job with a High Point furniture company.

Tuesday night was different.

Moore left the house around 8 p.m. so he could buy chewing tobacco without his wife knowing it. His wife didn't like him chewing tobacco because it stained his clothes.

Moore bought some tobacco from a corner convenience store and started home around 8:15 p.m.

Minutes later, three shots rang out.

Moore was found facedown on the sidewalk.

Moore's death has gotten residents scared - and angry.

``I've heard two or three people say if they could get their hands on them (Moore's assailants) they would hang them from the highest tree,' said John Willard, a 66-year-old boarding house resident.

Police have found no weapon and hardly any evidence. But they have help. Residents and Moore's family members are distributing fliers and combing railroad tracks, garbage bins and roofs for any clue.

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