Jeerea Kimbro sat by the chicken casserole she had been working on in the kitchen of her Georgia home, delighted that her brother was back and enjoying his favorite homemade meal.
Moses Moseley – whom she affectionately calls “my baby” and “Buddy” – had left earlier that Sunday for a taping, he told Teerea; 31 year old man Walking Dead The actor’s career was going from strength to strength after his star turn in the hit zombie series. He had stayed with his big sister and her family over the holidays, excitedly discussing an upcoming audition and his burgeoning Hollywood profile.
He left, promising to return home later for the meal of stew, rolls and steamed broccoli.
But the spread stood there, untouched by Moses, as Teerea waited for hours. Then days.
And on the Wednesday after he walked through the front door, Teerea and her family received the news they dreaded: her brother had been found dead, shot in his car. The vehicle doors were locked and a gun – a weapon he had borrowed from Teerea – lay in his lap in the parking lot of a shopping mall a few minutes from his big sister’s house.
None of this makes sense.
“He had booked an audition for Monday and never showed up; he never does that,” she said The Independent. “Moses was the person who would not only arrive on time but arrive early.”
She adds, “To be able to love what you do, and you can do it at your own pace and at your own pace, who would give that up? He was at the peak of his career. »
Moses had been arrested on campus while studying at Georgia State University and asked if he would like to be an extra, she said. He was then bitten by the acting bug and got work on screen and in modeling.
The brothers and sisters were military brats, thick as thieves; Teerea, Moses and their second brother traveled the world before settling in Georgia, where their Navy father eventually retired.
The actor had struggled with his weight during his youth, at one point reaching 300 pounds, she says – but lost it and was a firm believer in positive thinking and “manifesting your future… when you feel it at inside of you, in your heart and in your head, it can become tangible,” her sister says.
The actor, who rose to prominence as one of Michonne’s pet zombies in The Walking Dead, also wrote inspirational books and was working on a third. The 31-year-old has dedicated his time to selfless endeavors such as volunteering at camps for young people struggling with weight issues, his sister says.
She spoke with Moses every day; In case he had phone trouble or was held up, she says, he would find a way to let her know — even driving to her home in Jonesboro, Georgia, once when her cellphone was down. , she says The Independent.
That’s why when she didn’t hear from Moses the night she made the chicken dish — and he didn’t come home the next day — she knew something was wrong. .
“When I leave work, he’ll be at my house,” she thought, knowing how devoted he was to her daughter, nicknamed “Chipmunk” by her doting uncle.
“I started calling random hospitals just to see if…something had happened,” she says. The Independent. “I called our brother, I called our father, I called my mother, our grandmother, everyone.”
On Wednesday, she had decided to file a missing person’s report.
“I had a terrible feeling,” she says. “I had a nervous, unconscious pit in my stomach. I got sick. I felt physically sick… I called my dad and said, ‘Dad, I don’t feel well; I’m going at the police station… and he was like, ‘Baby, I don’t feel good either.’ »
She says she decided she would “prefer [Moses] be embarrassed that I called the police and filed a missing person report” than to refrain from doing so to spare his feelings. She also contacted OnStar to track her Chevrolet Camaro, which was done after obtaining permission from the police.
They found the vehicle in a parking lot in Stockbridge on the evening of January 26, not far from her home.
According to the police report, responding officers observed a Taurus handgun without a magazine in Moses’ lap; he had suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his face, was unconscious, and was quickly pronounced dead after investigators arrived at the scene.
The siblings’ father was first contacted by police, who called and then came to the house to break the news. Next, Teerea, who at first refused to believe in the worst.
They said ‘my baby had been shot’, she says The Independent, her voice choked with tears. “Everything around me was spinning just then. I didn’t know how to feel; I felt so lost. I felt helpless.
“After this point, every day has been so difficult… It’s overwhelming. I still understand that, every day I wake up, that’s my reality.
What has also been difficult for the wider family to grasp is the investigative lead suggesting that Moses took his own life – particularly when he eagerly awaited auditions, bragging good-naturedly about his work on social media and even planning overseas trips with relatives in the coming month.
“‘This is the best I’ve ever felt in my life, and I can’t believe where my career is taking me:’ He said these words to me on January 11 after we had just finished celebrating. our father’s birthday,” Teerea said.
She also disputes the logistics of the crime scene, which continue to be investigated by Georgia police. A spokesperson for the Henry County Police Department in metro Atlanta said The Independent Monday that the case remained under investigation and that no autopsy report had yet been filed.
“He’s never had a run-in with the law, never in his life – so we knew that wasn’t it,” his sister says. And she finds an even more implausible suicide theory; she believes her brother left his home on Sunday, was held for days and was eventually killed.
The Taurus was his weapon; both siblings liked to go to the shooting range and had gun licenses, and Moses tended to borrow his gun when he visited.
“He’s right-handed,” says Ms. Kimbro, who doesn’t like to talk about her brother in the past tense. “If you shoot yourself in the head, the gun will end up on the right side of the car, not your lap. So it doesn’t make any easier sense.
A murderer, she says, “will try to stage it to make it look like it’s not.”
She points out how easy it would also be to lock the Camaro when a passenger or other door was open – then close it to make it look like Moses locked it himself.
Teerea thinks her brother’s death may be the result of a crime of passion. he dated women casually but nothing serious, she says, given his work commitments – and had just told at least one love interest he wasn’t ready for more of a relationship than love. ‘friendship.
She also thinks the death could be related to the entertainment industry or some type of rivalry.
Either way, she wants answers – and remains in shock, along with the rest of her family.
“My mom was like, ‘What if someone stole…his car; maybe it’s not him,'” she said. “I was hoping for anything.”