Artist brings last portraits of Las Vegas shooting victims to police

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 11:01:01 AM. Ron Moore Jr. left Ohio on Monday morning for his flight to Las Vegas with nothing more than three black-and-white portraits and a gold-plated plaque in his carry-on.
Ron Moore Jr. left Ohio on Monday morning for his flight to Las Vegas with nothing more than three black-and-white portraits and a gold-plated plaque in his carry-on. In his bag were the smiling faces of Metropolitan Police Department officer Charleston Hartfield, local security guard Erick Silva and Huntington Beach, California-based makeup artist Andrea Castilla — the last of the 58 victim portraits he had drawn. Though he was more than 2,000 miles away, Moore said he realized within hours what he needed to do after the deadly Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest festival shooting. Over 25 days, the Ohio-based artist dedicated nearly 175 hours to drawing portraits of the victims killed. What Moore describes as his calling to bless the 58 families began in 2004, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms progressed quickly, he recalled, and his tremors prevented him from drawing or painting for nearly eight years. Defeated and depressed, he said he knelt to pray. “If you give me the ability to draw again, I promise to use my talent to bless others,” he recalled pleading with God. Moore, who lives in Austintown, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland, started drawing again in 2012 after undergoing deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms. But it wasn’t until after the Las Vegas shooting, Moore said, that he truly believed he was following through on his promise to God. On Tuesday morning at Metro’s...Read more
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