Death – Suspect in NoDa art studio killing dies in prison

Death – Obituary

Malek Moore was a suspect in two killings, including the death of a Hurricane Ida evacuee near an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man accused of killing a Hurricane Ida evacuee at an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood was found dead in a North Carolina prison, state corrections officials said. 

Malek Moore was found unresponsive in his cell around 4:30 Thursday morning. First responders were called to the prison but their attempts to revive Moore were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Moore’s death is being ruled a suicide. 

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Moore was arrested in Greensboro just days after Gabryelle Allnütt was found dead in Charlotte. He was also wanted in connection with the killing of Christian Mbimba in the Greensboro area.

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On Sunday, Sept. 5, Allnütt was likely killed along E. 22nd Street in Charlotte, near the Norfolk-Southern railyard, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  She had evacuated from New Orleans to Charlotte.

The FBI had been called in to help both CMPD and Greensboro police, and previously noted Moore could have been heading to either South Carolina or Virginia. He was known to travel by rail.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.