Pro-life advocate killed by car on cross-country walk

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Andrew Moore.

The pro-life group Crossroads is mourning the death of Andrew Kentigern Moore, a volunteer walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. who was hit by a car on July 20 near Indianapolis.

“The entire Crossroads family is devastated by the loss of such a courageous young man,” Crossroads Pro-Life president Jim Nolan said July 20. “Andrew will be missed deeply by all who knew him.”

Moore, from Concord, Calif., went by the name Kent. The 20-year-old was a student at Thomas Aquinas College and was considering joining the priesthood.

“Andrew was praying the rosary at the moment he was hit. He is now resting in the merciful love of God,” Nolan said.

Crossroads suspended its walks and provided counseling and spiritual assistance to its volunteers.

Moore’s group had walked about 2,200 miles from San Francisco. They had 600 miles left before reaching Washington, D.C.

Early in the morning, Moore and another woman had been walking on the median between U.S. Highway 40 in Danville, Ind. He might have stepped into the roadway.

A vehicle struck Moore from behind and he died soon afterward. Police ruled the crash was an accident. They said there was no sign of alcohol use and no sign the vehicle lost control, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The youth was wearing a reflective vest when he was hit.

Moore’s father Joseph Moore said that his son’s passion was the pro-life movement. He worked for a local Birthright organization and prayed in front of a Planned Parenthood office.

“He was not ‘in your face’ or mean, but he would simply pray and use kind words,” Joseph Moore told the Indianapolis Star.

In his profile at the Crossroads website, Moore said he joined the walk because the organization “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!” he said.

Thomas Aquinas College asked for prayers for Moore and his family.

“Kent gave his life in service of God and in defense of the unborn,” school president Michael F. McLean said July 20. “As saddened as we are by his loss, we are inspired by and grateful for his witness.”

Crossroads has held pro-life walks across America for 18 years. It holds four simultaneous pro-life walks across the country to witness to the sanctity of human life and to win converts to the pro-life view from the West Coast to the East Coast.

Participants speak to parish groups to encourage pro-life activism. They stop at local abortion clinics to pray, to hold peaceful protests, and to counsel those who enter.

Nolan, the Crossroads president, asked for prayers for Moore’s family. He said that tax-deductible donations to help with funeral arrangements can be made through www.crossroadswalk.org.

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