Family members of Jessica Moore speak out

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - "A brave young woman." That's how family members describe 19-year-old Jessica Moore.

The teen's death got national attention after she was shot while trying to shield a friend from harm. Tonight, loved ones are speaking out about their loss and Jessica's life.

Jessica was a sophomore at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Her parents live in Disputanta in Prince George County.

"She was a friend.  She was just a sweet girl that any mother or father would have been proud to have," said Jessica's mother, Dr. Phyllis Moore Tolliver.

The life changing news came in the form of a phone call.

"She called me and said Dr. Tolliver, Jessica was shot.  It just went through me," said Tolliver.

Jessica was at a house party a week ago today when gunfire erupted.

"Her friend was shot in the face and arm and to prevent her from being shot again Jessica shielded her friend and covered her body," said Tolliver.

Jessica was shot in the head.

"She could have ran and saved herself but it wasn't just about saving herself it was about her friend as well," said Tolliver.

Jessica was an honors student, majoring in psychology.

Loved ones say she wanted to be a therapist and help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. She also loved to sing.

Family members say they're devastated Jessica is no longer here, but comforted by knowing she's in a better place.

"I want people to remember her as a brave individual. She was very brave because not too many people would have did what she did," said Tolliver.

Two men have been arrested in connection to the shooting.

Four other people were shot and injured at that party.

A memorial service for Jessica will take place Saturday morning at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Petersburg.

The service will start at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

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