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November 10, 2012

Anonymous donor pays for Moore’s funeral

GREENVILLE — As the sun set Friday, one week after a local teenager disappeared, one new development was reported by law enforcement concerning the hunt for her killer.

A Greenville man remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail, facing trial on two felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting Alicia Chanta Moore over the summer. Terry Dwayne Ramsire was arrested in August and has remained jailed since that time.

Late Friday evening,  the Greenville Police Department said it was looking for the person or persons in a vehicle shown behind the school bus when Moore stepped off.

The video from the school bus shows a dark colored Chrysler or Dodge vehicle, possibly a minivan, directly behind the school bus when Moore stepped off. Police would like to contact the person or persons in this vehicle as potential witnesses. It is possible that Moore met or encountered someone in the area.

Meanwhile, an anonymous donor was reported Friday evening to have paid all the expenses for Moore’s funeral.

A mourning walk is scheduled today for Moore, while donations are still being sought for a benefit account and rewards for information in the case.

Ramsire, 49, received two indictments from the Hunt County grand jury in September; one for aggravated sexual assault of a child and another for indecency with a child by sexual contact. The former is a first degree felony, carrying a maximum sentence upon conviction of up to life in prison and the latter charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The indictments allege Ramsire sexually assaulted Moore on multiple occasions in July of this year.

Ramsire was arrested on the charges on August 23, and was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to both indictments September 27 during a hearing in the 354th District Court. Ramsire is currently set trial on the counts on Jan. 14, 2013.

Ramsire’s attorney did not return a call from the Herald-Banner concerning the case.

Moore, 16, disappeared Nov. 2, after stepping off a school bus about a half-block from her residence.

Her body was found Tuesday along Farm Road 47 in Van Zandt County and the Greenville Police Department has joined with multiple other agencies in conducting a homicide investigation in the case.

— An anonymous donor presented the United Way of Hunt County with the money for Moore’s funeral Friday evening. Bob Mason, the organization’s executive director, delivered the donation to Grace and Mercy Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. There has not yet been any announcement made public as to when funeral services are scheduled.

— A community mourning and awareness walk from Graham Park to the intersection of Bourland and Walnut Streets, where Moore exited the bus, is scheduled for noon today. Organizers are asking those participating in the event to wear purple, Moore’s favorite color, if possible.

— Mark Cobb with Kids R Kids Learning Academy in McKinney, where Moore’s aunt Jessica Byrd is employed, has offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever killed Moore.

— Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge is also offering $10,000 toward the same goal.

— Hunt County Crime Stoppers has also posted a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Moore’s death.

— Cobb said he has also contributed $1,000 toward a fund benefiting the Moore family, and that Greenville Chrysler has done the same.

Those wishing to contribute to either the reward fund or the benefit account for the Moore family can send donations to Kids R Kids Learning Academy, 9070 Westridge Boulevard, McKinney, 75070. Moore’s aunt, Jessica Nicole Byrd, has indicated that donations to either the memorial fund or reward fund can be made at American National Bank.

Those wishing to leave an anonymous tip about the case to Crime Stoppers can call 903-457-2929.

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