*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.