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Pro-Life Youth Killed in Cross-Country Trek

by | Jul 20, 2012

Andrew Moore

By Dave Andrusko

As the dad of four pro-life adult children, I read with great dismay a story that ran in today’s Indianapolis Star. Andrew Moore, only 20 years old, was walking along U.S. 40 in  Hendricks County near Stilesville, Indiana, when he was struck by a vehicle and killed around 5:00 am.

Moore was a member of Crossroads, which according to its website, was founded in 1995 by a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) “as a response to John Paul II’s call to the youth of the world to take an active role in the pro-life movement in order to establish a Culture of Life.”

Drawing on information found on the website (www.crossroadswalk.org), the Indianapolis Star’s Dan McFeely wrote,

“each summer young adults walk on four simultaneous trips from Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles to Washington D.C., passing through 40 states. Typically, they walk in shifts through the night and day, attending Mass and praying in front of abortion clinics along the way.”

Another walker who was with Moore was not injured. The driver of the vehicle has not been charged.

“Police say Moore was walking near the median fog line of the highway and was wearing a reflective vest when he was struck,” McFeely reported.

Jim Nolan, a Crossroads organizer, send McFeely an email from California.

“They had both just started to pray a Rosary a few minutes before he was hit,” Nolan said. “That’s something the group often does while walking.”

Crossroads‘ web site includes the following testimonial from Moore, explaining why he joined the group:

“I heard about Crossroads from (Jason Handcock, a Crossroads director) when he gave a talk at Thomas Aquinas College. I had already been involved in the pro-life movement for several years: when I am at home I pray in front of the local abortion mill almost every day, and try to speak to the people going in.

“Crossroads sounded like a good way to serve God and help His children. Having hardly ever left California and my sedate suburban life I was also interested in seeing the country, meeting new good people, and just doing something crazy! I have been considering a vocation to the priesthood for some time and Crossroads is a great way to work on my discernment: prayer, sacrifice, and separation from the distractions of the world.”

Our prayers go out to Moore’s family and friends and the entire Crossroads team. Perhaps an additional prayer should go out to the headline writer for the Associated Press story who wrote with exquisite insensitivity “abortion-rights foe killed in cross-country walk.”

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