When news broke Tuesday that a man had been charged with the 2012 murder of Greenville teenager Alicia Moore, we received strong reactions from local readers.
Understandably, most were angry, and many expressed violent feelings toward Michael Vincent Moore, Alicia’s uncle, who has been charged with capital murder. These responses reflect the pain, anger and fear that Alicia Moore’s murder has created in our community.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Alicia Moore. We hope that, while painful, this new development will help provide closure and, eventually, peace.
As this tragedy also affected all Greenville residents in some way, the following months will serve as an opportunity to see justice done and allow Greenville to begin healing.
Local law enforcement stepped up to the plate with this arrest. We applaud them for their efforts. Now, the duty moves to local prosecutors to ensure that justice is served.
While the evidence linking Moore to the murder seems substantial, it is always important to remember that our justice system operates on the presumption that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Michael Moore will receive his day in court, and will have an opportunity to defend himself against these charges. We should not presume him guilty.
If convicted, however, Michael Moore deserves prosecution to the full extent of the law.
We echo the thoughts we expressed in our editorial last Friday. We cannot grow complacent or apathetic. We simply cannot allow Greenville to gain a reputation as a place where kidnappers and murders can operate with no fear of repercussions.
We still live in dangerous times, and we must work together as a community to protect our children. By remaining vigilant, we may be able to prevent future tragedies. As a community, this is the most important thing for us to take away from this tragedy.
The opinion expressed here is that of the Herald-Banner editorial board. The board can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.