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Fundraiser set to help pay funeral expenses of 8-year-old killed by stray bullet

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 10:10 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 11:07 p.m.

A veterans group will hold a fundraiser Saturday to help pay for the funeral expenses of Kimbra Moore, the 8-year-old Wichita girl who was killed last month by a stray bullet.

Cheris Moore, Kimbra’s mother, was laid off from her job about two weeks ago at a mall because she had missed so much work time dealing with grief and events after her child’s death, organizers said.

The Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3115 Riders, a family-oriented motorcycle group, will accept donations from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 11525 E. 13th St.

“We’re just trying to make sure Mom can focus on the things she needs to focus on – healing from the loss, taking care of her other two children – without having to bear the burden of the sad task of trying to pay for this funeral,” said Marcia Shepler, principal at White Elementary, where Kimbra attended prior to going to Enterprise Elementary this year.

Kimbra’s funeral expenses were more than $4,500, said Marla Harris, a district vice-commander for the VFW.

Shepler, a member of the VFW Riders, said her school’s social worker was also checking to see whether a headstone had been purchased for Kimbra’s grave.

Money raised will be deposited in a memorial fund for Kimbra at Emprise Bank, Harris said. For those wishing to donate directly to the fund, checks should be made out to the Kimbra Rose Moore Memorial Fund and sent to any Emprise branch, she added.

During the early morning hours of Sept. 4, an altercation between a group of men developed in the 3000 block of South Broadway and shots were fired. One of the bullets pierced a mobile home and struck Kimbra in the head as she slept next to her younger siblings, ages 4 and 6.

Zachary Gaston, 24, was later charged with first-degree murder in her death. His preliminary hearing is Oct. 18.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or at rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com.

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