Bad: Killed delivering pizza
Oklahoma City man killed for 2 pizzas he delivered to a run-down apartment complex.
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Oklahoma City man 'would forgive' killers, friends say
Delivery driver died how he lived — trusting others
BY ROBERT MEDLEY and JOHNNY JOHNSON
Published: November 17, 2008
The Lantana Apartments complex, with its shadowy parking lot and half-abandoned, boarded-up buildings, is not the kind of place most pizza delivery drivers tend to fight over for after-dark deliveries.
Friends, family remember
Nov 17 Jeremy Moore, a pizza delivery man, was murdered Nov. 7 while delivering pizzas. His pastor and girlfriend remember his acts of kindness to others.
But Jeremy Moore didn’t see the world the way most people do.
"He looked a little rough around the edges, but he had the most tender heart,” said his girlfriend, Jamie.
Once when staying with his brother, Moore dropped off the face of the Earth and didn’t come strolling in until 6 a.m. When his family asked what happened, he explained matter-of-factly that he had met a man who needed a ride to Amarillo. So during the night he gave the man a four-hour ride, then drove back.
Friends tried to warn him that not everyone in the world is good and delivering pizzas as a second job was dangerous, but Moore would just flash a smile of disbelief and explain he had a loving girlfriend and their 2-week-old daughter to support, and he was not about to let them down.
"He was an intelligent man, but he was just so trusting and thought the best of everybody,” Jamie said. "And when he was delivering pizzas he was thinking about providing a good life for me and Lillie and just trying to make all the money he could. He wasn’t thinking about someone killing him.”
About 6:55 p.m. on Nov. 7, Moore, who had not made the first payment on his family’s new house, made what turned out to be a bogus delivery run to a dark corner on the backside of the apartments at 7408 NW 10. He walked 50 yards to the south side of the complex where he was shot in the chest and killed.
His car was not stolen. No cash appeared to be missing. The only thing investigators could determine to be missing were the two pizzas he tried to deliver.
"Somebody was senseless enough to take his life over $42 worth of pizza,” Oklahoma City police spokesman Sgt. Paco Balderrama said.
Zonta West, 17, and Rondell Griffin, 16, have been booked into the Oklahoma County jail on murder complaints in connection with the shooting, police Sgt. Daniel Stewart said.
One resident at the Lantana who wouldn’t give his name said he did not feel afraid to live there or let his mother live there, but he said the pizza killing really didn’t surprise him either.
"I ain’t gonna lie to you,” he said. "If I’m being honest, this would probably be a good spot to pull a robbery. There aren’t many people over here.”
Gene and Shirlene Tarbox, who own G&S Printing, where Moore worked his day job, went to the funeral home to pay their respects.
As they looked at Moore — the printer’s ink stains still visible on his body — Shirley Tarbox said her husband began to get angry at the thought that someone might have actually eaten those pizzas after killing such a gentle soul.
"He said, ‘You know what makes me so mad about all this? Jeremy would forgive them,’ ” Shirley Tarbox said.
The Rev. Lance A. Schmitz, minister of social justice at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, told a story about a man in their congregation who was so grief-stricken over his wife’s death that he wore her clothing to church. Moore stood up for the man while others laughed at him, Schmitz said.
Schmitz said he stayed fairly composed, until he held baby Lillie in his arms.
"It was just an overwhelming sadness,” Schmitz said. "That baby’s so perfect, and she looks like her daddy. She’s a great baby, lots of hair just like her daddy.”