Cops: Man Murders Ex, New Boyfriend at Class Reunion
Shooter is killed by off-duty officer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A high school reunion in East Peoria, Illinois, turned tragic Saturday night when the ex-husband of one of the attendees stormed in with a gun, killing his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, police say. James Moore, 40, was then himself fatally shot by an off-duty law enforcement officer, the Peoria Journal Star reports. Moore shot Lori Moore, 33, and Lance Griffel, 36, once each in the head, inside the crowded Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria around 8pm. The Moores' divorce had been finalized in May of last year.

Some of the patrons belonged to the East Peoria High School class of 1999; ultimately, more than 100 witnesses spoke to police. "You can play the 'what if' game over and over again, but I think it's pretty clear in this case the presence of this officer and his ability to take very quick and very decisive action prevented a further tragedy," said the police chief of the off-duty officer. An earlier Journal Star article identified that officer as an FBI agent, and WEEK-TV noted special agents from the FBI were present at the scene.

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Jun 17, 2014 8:17 AM CDT
So... Apart from the little gun incident, I wonder if everyone else had a good time? : )
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Jun 17, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Really though, this is the woman's fault for flaunting her new relationship in front of old classmates and friends
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 16, 2014 9:50 PM CDT
I suggest not going back to your high school for a reunion if significant changes have happened. They passed a $100M bond after my graduation. We played football at the Jr. high stadium (the old high school). Our gym had those retractable bleachers and the building was puny. The new sports complex had a basketball arena and new astroturf stadium. Our theatre was new at the time but was a 30 foot stage with a tiny Peavey sound system. They built a new $20M performing arts center. It had a fly loft, 100 foot stage, a fly rail system, cat walks, and a digital sound and light control system. The first performance I saw there was, "Wizard of Oz" where the witch and monkeys flew in from the ceiling to the stage. So the next reunion was at a hotel. The final one I attended was at a bar. We rented the upstairs which was the pool and games area. It was open bar so a lot of the people were sloused. I stayed long enough to justify the $40 and left. My reunion from now on is facebook. I'm friends with those people and don't need a drunken party to mess it up.