Prayer service brings campus community together

Hundreds of students, staff and faculty attended a prayer service for sophomore Jessica Moore, 19, in the Main Lounge of the University Center Saturday evening. Moore died earlier Saturday after being shot at a house part in East Orange that morning.

The service was led by members of the priest community, as well as interim University President Dr. Gabriel Esteban.

Msgr. James Cafone and Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi were among those who spoke during the service.

Fr. John Dennehy led a somber, rememberence-themed homily that began with him asking the attendees to think of just one word to describe Moore.

Several people spoke giving words such as “sunshine,” “lively” and “vibrant.”

Another person said Moore had an “infectious smile.”

Dennehy spoke of having faith in God and knowing that Moore has gone on to a better place.

“I do know and do believe that Jessica got on a train ride today with a loving God that will bring her home to the heavenly kingdom,” Dennehy said.

An estimated 600-plus people appeared in the Main Lounge, with many standing in the rear of the room and into the hallway.

Esteban spoke before the final prayers, asking that the community acknowledge the family’s requests for privacy. He also said the Moore family is one of strong faith – a topic Dennehy mentioned in his remarks as well.

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Author: Staff Writer

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