It was a late night in a motel in the 8800 block of Hosmer on December 1, 2020. People had been entering and leaving one particular room all night. At one point the man who rented the room noticed that thirty Percocet pills were missing and ordered that the ten people in the room remain there until the missing pills were found. He asked a 33-year-old man for assistance. When the renter of the room accused32-+year-old Joshua Moore-Hughes of stealing the pills, Joshua took offense as he knew he was innocent of the theft. The 33-year-old told him to watch his mouth. Joshua said, ‘Watch my mouth?’ at which point, the 33-year-old shot him with a 9mm pistol. The people in the room scattered and were largely uncooperative when police later questioned them. The 33-year-old was soon taken into custody while Joshua was taken to the hospital where he later died becoming the 29th Tacoma homicide of 2020.
Hosmer is a street notorious for crime. Major crimes happen in the area on a weekly if not daily basis. And it is all too easy for someone to look at the things that happen there and pretend that they don’t matter because it’s a high crime area that law abiding citizens tend to avoid. This viewpoint dehumanizes our fellow citizens and ignores the fact that a human being is more than their worst actions, more than their worst decisions, more than their circumstances. And perhaps, more importantly, everyone has loved ones who never did anything to deserve the grief they now have thanks to the unnecessary loss of a loved one.
Joshua had a large family who cared deeply about him. He had the sort of laugh that would make others laugh even if they didn’t know what he was laughing about. He spoke up about injustice and cared about others.
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In the early morning hours of November 27th, 55-year-old Gregory Evans was talking to a 42-year-old acquaintance near his vehicle in the 2000 block of East 60th Street when a light gray Dodge Charger with black wheels slowly rolled up. Inside the car were two Black men in their twenties. One had light skin and a pony tail. The other had darker skin with his hair in twists. When they opened fire they hit both Gregory and the man standing next to him. Gregory died of his wounds while the other man survived.
Nearly a year later this crime remains unsolved. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrests of the men responsible for this crime. Find out more details at this link. You can also anonymously call in information at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)
Gregory is the 28th Tacoma homicide of 2020. Any homicide is a tragedy, but unsolved homicides that seem random and senseless and perhaps more infuriating than others in that there is no justice and nowhere to place blame until those responsible are caught.
Unfortunately I was unable to discover much about Gregory Evans’s life. This is often the case when an individual lacks much of an online presence and/or has a fairly common first and last name. In circumstances like this, I especially hope that those who knew Gregory will share thoughts and memories of their lost loved one. If anyone has a photo of Gregory they’d like to share for this article, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Scott Jonathon Univer was not doing well. The 40-year-old had been struggling with mental illness and on the morning of November 15, 2020 he was in an apartment parking lot. He had on him multiple IDs that were not his. A 33-year-old man approached him. The two got into an argument that turned into a fistfight. Then the 33-year-old pulled out a pistol and shot Scott in the chest. Police arrived and attempted CPR, but Scott died on the scene becoming Tacoma’s 27th homicide of 2020.
Scott was known in his family as a sweet, kind, and loving man who often asked how others in his family were doing. He was someone who loved to play with children. And he was something who struggled a lot. There is a void in the lives of those who knew and loved Scott. It’s not something that goes away, but something they’ll eventually learn to live with.
Mental illness is an invisible disease that impacts so many. Not only the person suffering from the illness, not just those who know and care about the person, but those who encounter that person as well. All too often when I write about Tacoma homicides they involve an individual suffering from mental illness. And each time I imagine a better world where mental health care is as easy and readily available as a pack of gum.
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