Center Point Elementary School honors student killed in shooting with tree planting, balloon release

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Courtesy of Tabios Darden, TJ’s football coach

CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — On Valentine’s Day, Center Point Elementary school students came together to honor their beloved classmate.

The classmates, teacher, and principal of Ta’Narius Moore, Jr., also known as TJ, planted a tree and released balloons in his memory.

The dedication started Friday morning at 10 a.m. at Center Point Elementary.

“TJ was a ray of sunshine in his class and our entire school. Every time he was seen he had a smile on his face,” said Jay Gary, principal at Center Point Elementary. “We thought that Valentine’s Day would be a great day to memorialize and plant a tree in his honor.”   

Moore died last December after a stay bullet hit him during a dispute between family members. He was transferred to Children’s Hospital for treatment and later pronounced dead by hospital staff as a result of his injury.

Since the shooting, Rickkia Allen, 29, has been charged with capital murder. Allen was seen in court in early January for a preliminary hearing and is in custody at the Jefferson County Jail.


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