(BlackMediaScoop) Police searching for two young brothers who were ripped from their mother’s arms during Superstorm Sandy have found their bodies. The remains of Brandon, two, and Connor Moore, four, were discovered only yards from where they went missing in Staten Island, New York.
The boys’ mother Glenda Moore, 39, is said to have spent 12 hours screaming in the street after they were swept away, but neighbors would not help her look for them. WTF!
The boys were sucked away by floodwater after Moore’s car stalled and became stuck just before 6pm on Monday. Moore, a nurse, tried to hold on to them but was overpowered by the force of the storm. ‘Terrible, absolutely terrible,’ police commissioner Ray Kelly said. ‘It just compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.’
The boys were about 20 yards apart from each other, under water, buried by trees and debris, law enforcement sources said. After the storm cleared on Tuesday morning, officers, dogs and other searchers – armed with shovels, sticks and pitchforks – had been scouring those marshlands off Father Capodanno. A team of scuba divers were also there to search the marshy area. At 10:15am Thursday, police in wetsuits found Brandon waist-deep in water. His brother was found close by shortly after.
After the boys disappeared, Moore knocked on a nearby door for help but was told: ‘I don’t know you. I’m not going to help you.’ Moore then tried another neighbor near her Staten Island home, but when she rang the bell they turned off the lights and refused to answer. As the storm raged around her, the nurse took shelter in a doorstep, screaming and staring at the waters which had just snatched away her children.
Twelve hours later, at dawn when the weather calmed down, she found the strength to walk down the street and flag down a passing police car to raise the alarm.
Her cousin Nancy Jean, 41, fought back tears as she described the ordeal. ‘I can’t believe the way she was treated by the people she went to for help,’ she said. ‘The first person she knocked on, she begged them and said: “Please call 911″. ‘They told her: “I don’t know you” and closed the door. She tried another door but they turned the lights off. ‘I can’t imagine what she was thinking then. She sat down for 12 hours and was just screaming. She was out of it. When it got to morning she went and found a police car and told him what happened.’
A friend of the mother who lost two young sons to Superstorm Sandy today urged the public to ‘keep them in your prayers, they’re going to need it’.
Moore is married to Damien, 39, (seen above) who works at the New York Sanitation Department. They have no other children and are ‘devastated’ at the loss of their sons. Miss Jean said: ‘They were beautiful boys. They were regular kids, they were just two and four years of age. They were always well behaved. ‘I saw them on Monday morning because I watch them when their mother goes to work. ‘They were really happy and I know Glenda had bought them some Halloween costumes and was going to take them out on Halloween.’
The aunt added: ‘They’re the most beautiful children ever. One’s a redhead, the other a dirty blonde.’ Reached at her home in Brooklyn, New York, Glenda’s sister Sophia, 42, said: ‘I’m sorry, I have no comment’.