Donte Moore, the 28-year-old Kenmore man who was the subject of a recent Beacon Journal column, died Wednesday morning.
Mr. Moore’s sudden health crisis rallied his friends to travel in the middle of a snowstorm to Cleveland for vigils at University Hospitals, where he was a patient. They also quickly put together a myriad of fundraisers — one drawing upwards of 500 people — to assist with mounting medical bills.
He had been on life support for three weeks with a heart ailment.
Mr. Moore, according to friends who expressed their feelings on social media, was easy to pray for and support because he meant so much not only to them but to the community, volunteering his time and talents wherever needed.
“We just know we had to do something,” event organizer and Akron firefighter Matthew Coleman said earlier. “You just can’t put a dollar amount on your best friend’s life!”
Mark Richards, assistant news director at WNIR radio who gave air time to the outreach, shared this upon learning of Mr. Moore’s death:
“Though I never met him, I have been so moved and inspired by the manner in which his friends rallied to him when he was hospitalized. That speaks so well of the young man and the positive influence he had on so many others. The memory of such tight-knit bonds among human beings, regardless of their race, will stick with me as I cling to the positive aspects of this sad and tragic story.”
— Jewell Cardwell
Beacon Journal staff writer