*Amid the Black Lives Matter protests over the police-killing of George Floyd, Tamron Hall is using her platform to urge followers to use their voices to inspire change.
But one thing that remains a constant in her life is the unsolved murder of her sister Renate 16 years ago.
Hall is a longtime advocate of domestic violence awareness and a supporter for survivors. Hall’s older sister was murdered in 2004 and police speculated that her death was the result of domestic violence after they found her body beaten and left in a swimming pool.
“My sister battled substance abuse in her early years, she overcame all of those things, and I’ve watched people dissect life and the value of life based on someone’s mistakes,” Hall told HuffPost Live in a 2015 interview.
“People don’t see her as the perfect victim, if you don’t live the perfect life then you must have done something that caused this to happen to you” she said.
Hall discussed the case with her sister’s son Leroy Moore, on her NBC talk show last October. Their discussion marked the first time Moore publicly addressed his mother murder.
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During the show, Hall shared how her sister’s death has impacted her life and how she found the strength to cope.
“I carried much guilt for many years believing I had abandoned my sister and that I was more worried about career than family,” she said.
As reported by PEOPLE, Renate was bludgeoned to death and found floating in the backyard pool of her home in Houston, Texas. The crime occurred after years of relationships with abusive men, which her son was not aware of at the time.
“When I look back she would call me and ask, ‘Hey can you make it down for the weekend?’ and every time I drove down there would always be tension in the household and that’s kinda when I look back I realize she was calling me down there to avert that tension that was in the household,” he recalled.
Moore said he lost “everything” after his mother died when he was a young boy.
“Most of all it was just somebody to communicate with,” he explained. “Especially as a young man, your mom kind of leads you the way on how to treat women. How to handle things and how to be a good presence, and I kind of lost that with my mom. Me and mom were close.”
“This is the hardest thing to discuss publicly because we did not talk about it,” Hall said of her family. “We never discussed it. Because I didn’t know what to say.”
Moore added, “I didn’t talk about my mom’s death for a long time. I kind of just shoved it away for 10 years. I really woke up one morning and decided I had to own it.”
In 2016, Hall spoke to PEOPLE about her sister’s death, saying “For a long time I was hesitant about sharing our story,” she admitted. “I didn’t want to be another well-known person saying, ‘Look what happened to me and my family.’ But then I said, screw that. I can save a life.”
Hall recalled the man who was considered a person of interest in the investigation. She was present during a brutal altercation between him and Renate, after which “I said to her, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ ‘You’re too beautiful. Too smart. You can do better.’ All the things I’ve learned now are wrong [from domestic abuse advocates], I did them all.”
Due to a lack of evidence, no arrests were made and the case remains an unsolved homicide.
“Do we know who did this to her as defined by a court of law? No,” said Hall. “But I can tell you I witnessed an act of violence and there were only two other people in that room.”
Scroll up and watch the segment with Hall and Moore via the clip above.
Keith Raniere: Leader of NXIVM Cult Gets 120 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking [VIDEO]
*The leader of the NXIVM sex cult has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.
Keith Raniere used NXIVM as a self-help workshop to force at least over a dozen women and teen girls to have sex with him. His alleged crimes ar documented in the HBO series “The Vow,” which was recently picked up for a second season.
Raniere was found guilty of federal sex trafficking and racketeering charges back in June 2019, PEOPLE reports.
Texas Rapper, 12, Sentenced to 7 Years for Shooting 1-Year-Old [VIDEO]
*A 12-year-old aspiring rapper from Fort Worth, Texas has been sentenced to seven years in a juvenile detention facility for shooting a one-year-old child (who survived).
According to reports, at the time of the shooting, the juvenile — who goes by the stage names Lil Rodney, Baby Savage, and 30Shotz — was on probabtion for an arson case and had been fitted with an ankle monitor. The boy, an alleged Crips gang member, told the judge during a hearing that was conducted via a Zoom that he cut the monitor off because he wanted to attend the funeral of a friend.
“I just want to know if you can at least give me one more chance then see. If this time I mess up you should like, hold me for some months,” a tearful Rodney pleaded with Judge Kim.
But the judge wasn’t having it.
“Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?” Kim told him. “Every single time, you beg me for one more chance. You swear to God, ‘On my mama’s name,’ ‘I’m not gonna cut off the monitor, I’m not gonna run off.’ Every single time.”
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In August, Rodney allegedly posted a now-deleted picture on his Instagram of himself smoking weed, along with the caption: “Fuck Judge Kim.”
“You know, once you put something on the internet, it doesn’t come down,” Kim said during the virtual court hearing.
Rodney’s grandfather became his legal guardian when he was a toddler after his father abandoned the family and his mother was arrested multiple times.
“Your papa is a wise man. You know that?” the judge said, referring to the grandfather. “He is here every single time you have a detention hearing. Every single time. Because he loves you and cares about you. But you’re out there thinking that there’s something better than the home that he’s providing you.”
Lil Rodney will remain incarcerated until he is 19-years-old.
You can watch the video of the Zoom conference via the YouTube clip above.
White Georgia Teenager Sentenced to Juvenile Detention for Plotting to Attack Historic Black Church
*A 17-year-old Georgia girl will spend four years in juvenile detention for plotting to attack a historic Black church.
The unnamed racist teenager was arrested in November 2019 when authorities discovered her plan to kill members of the century old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville.
Her sinister plot was reportedly similar to the plans of white supremacist Dylann Roof, who fatally shot nine Black members of the Charleston, South Carolina church on June 17, 2015.
Authorities were made aware of the teen’s plan after receiving a tip from a student at her high school. The tipster overheard the girl discussing the murder plot, Complex reports.
Officials found a t-shirt in her backpack that read, “Free Dylann Storm Roof” and it featured swastikas on the sleeves. She also outlined her plan in a notebook.
“I do believe myself to be a white supremacist,” she wrote on another shirt, according to authorities.
The teenager pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. She will be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for four years, where she will rceive counseling, and will face 10 years of probation, according to the report.
“I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” the teen said in court on Thursday.
“While we are angered and frustrated by this incident, we do not hold hostility against this defendant,” said presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson. “While she apparently hates or hated us, we do not hate her, and do not wish to nullify her future, and do not give up on her.”
In addition to juvenile detention, the teenager must write an apology letter to the church.
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