Parents of victim of deadly domestic violence unveil new facet of their mission

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - For friends and family of Breanna Moore, it's hard to believe it's been almost four years since her death.

To this day, though, they haven't stopped fighting for their cause, and say they have no intentions of giving up.

Bree was just 20 years old when, in 2014, she died from a gunshot wound to the head at the hands of then 22-year-old and -boyfriend Joshua Almeda, who later pleaded guilty to murder for her killing.

Two years later, her sisters brought Bree's ashes to a hearing, saying: "Your Honor, we brought Breanna with us today... We wanted to show the court what we have left of our sister."

It's painful memories like that that Bree's family will have to live with for the rest of their lives, but those memories - and the hope that others never have to feel their pain - are also motivation for their cause.

"Four months after (her death)," said Butch Moore, Bree's father, "her coworkers said, 'We didn't know what to do. She came in with black eyes several times. We didn't know what to do.'

"If they'd had this poster in their break room," he said, "they could've texted. Chatted. Called. Just to find out what to do."

The poster he spoke of is what he and Bree's mother introduced to the Anchorage School District School Board Monday evening. It's things like this that they and a small army of students have been working on for the past few years, to shed light on the problem that's run rampant across America: teen dating violence.

"The number one cause of injury to young women in our country is from dating violence," said Bree's mother, Cindy Moore. "That's for ages 18 to 24. So you can see what a huge issue this is. That's a pretty shocking statistic."

While pushing their message and for legislation - such as Bree's Law, which in 2015 passed through the Alaska legislature as part of the Alaska Safe Children's Act - their most recent project will go straight into Alaskan schools. More than 300 public service announcement posters will be placed in educational institutions across the state to hopefully help prevent dating violence while also helping educate students of the signs and risks.

"The fact someone my age, who could be sitting in a classroom with me, could be gone tomorrow because of dating violence," said Kevin Lubin, a student advocate at South High School, "it impacts me so much that I can't not help."

Fellow South High School student Kaya Etheredge said she, too, was moved by Bree's story.

"Bree wasn't too much older than me," she said. "I have friends who are dating right now. The fact that one of them could be affected by it, and I'd have no idea what to do? That really is scary to me."

Lubin and Etheredge, along with Butch and Cindy Moore, spoke at the school board meeting Monday evening. All are part of the movement to stop teen dating violence.

"Bree didn't need to die," Butch Moore said. "This was four months after she was murdered - we had no idea, until we talked to police and found out, that her boyfriend had abused five other women and no one had said a thing. Their friends never said a thing."

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