‘Big laugh, big personality’: Friends remember Hurricane man shot, killed
Aug 7, 2023, 7:04 AM | Updated: 7:05 am
HURRICANE — Friends are describing the Hurricane man who was shot and killed late Friday night as a man with a big heart and a big personality.
Hurricane police identified the victim as 41-year-old Sean Moore. Moore was a lot of things to many people, but to a group of young girls on the Hurricane Hustle softball team, he was a coach.
“He wasn’t the X’s and O’s coach, he was the people coach,” said Matt Hairschi, who coached alongside Moore. “He was the person that lifted you up when you needed it.”
Friends say Moore was enjoying a night of karaoke on Friday. That night, 55-year-old Bryan Hill was acting “belligerent and escalating in anger” at the Eagles Lodge, 495 E. 800 North in Hurricane, a police booking affidavit states.
Moore stepped in to escort Hill out of the business, and moments later, Hill pulled out a gun and shot and killed him, according to police.
“The saddest part about this whole thing is he was trying to be a peacemaker,” Hairschi said. “He was just trying to make sure everybody had a good evening. That’s what he did. He was just wanted everybody to be happy.”
Hairschi said the Hurricane Hustle will begin its next season in September. While it won’t be the same, Moore’s memory will live on, off and on the diamond.
“It’s not about the wins and the losses. It’s about the people, helping these young girls become better people. I think that’s what Sean Moore is going to help us remember,” Hairschi said.
Hill was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility for investigation of murder and other potential charges. Investigators have asked that Hill be held without bail.
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