The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, May 16, 2003  

But It's Not to Be

As earlier media reports indicated, Ashleigh Moore, the 12-year-old girl from Savannah, Ga., missing since April 18 and found dead on May 14 (and identified as such on May 15), was an honor student with a bright future ahead of her.

In today's Savannah Morning News ("Body Found is Ashleigh's," by Anne Hart), we read:

Before a nearly month[-]long search ended Thursday for Ashleigh Moore, her mother opened a bittersweet letter.

In her hands, Michelle Moore held a certificate of merit for Ashleigh from Duke University. It arrived in the mail the day her body was found behind a riverside hotel.

The Savannah seventh-grader had scored well on the SAT test before disappearing April 18. Well enough to place in the top percentile on the math portion and be accepted for a Duke summer program, said the Rev. C. MeGill Brown, the Moore's [sic] pastor at Second African Baptist Church and family spokesman....

At DeRenne Middle School -- where Ashleigh was in the honors program, played on the basketball team[,] and often sat in the front row wearing her trademark glasses -- teachers told the 800 students of her death Thursday. Extra counselors were on hand for those who knew Ashleigh well. [Ed.: I note here that DeRenne is itself an "honors academy," so Moore apparently was an honor student among honor students.]

Down came the fliers with Ashleigh's picture. After all, it was too much for the students to see them. Instead, many students and staff wore blue ribbons in her memory. A banner made earlier for Ashleigh and a U.S. flag will be flown at half-staff.

Sometimes I really hate the world.

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