The man identified as the person killed last month in his downtown Minneapolis apartment was a longtime performing arts teacher who overcame health issues and continued teaching until the day he died .
Patrick D. Moore, 50, died April 22 at his home on the 600 block of N. 1st Street, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Monday.
Jhmahl L. Shannon, 33, of Robbinsdale, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in connection with Moore’s death. Shannon remains jailed in lieu of $1million bond and is due back in court on May 25.
Despite the murder charges, the medical examiner has yet to conclude whether Moore was a homicide victim or explain how he died.
Moore was on the faculty of Lundstrum Performing Arts in north Minneapolis, said its executive director, Joan Olson.
Olson said that even after Moore suffered strokes and needed a wheelchair and help from an assistant, he continued to teach.
“He found his gift and his passion in the arts,” Olson said Tuesday. “He came from East St. Louis, Illinois. His life was saved by the arts.”
Olson said the news of Moore’s death “was such a shock to our children. Now we just want to focus on his life and the impact he had, which was huge.”
Moore’s biography on Lundstrum’s website stated that he was “a triple-threat performer and choreographer, who sang, danced, acted and choreographed throughout 25 years in the performing arts”.
His professional performing credits included “The Wiz,” “Five Guys Named Moe,” and “Black Nativity,” the bio page continues.
Amy Ellis, executive director of Lundstrum and one of Moore’s closest friends, said he was supposed to have led rehearsals on April 23 – the day after his death – for the center’s performance of “Rolling on the River” at its annual gala on May 7.
Ellis said the performers “just sat in a circle” and chose to remember and cry.
“A lot of people are hurting,” Ellis said. “His impact on students was unique and personal. He could just reach the kids.”
According to the criminal complaint against Shannon:
Shannon called 911 around 10:15 a.m. the night Moore died and told police he knocked out a man who sexually assaulted him. Shannon met officers outside the building and was taken to HCMC for a sexual assault review. He was then imprisoned.
Police found Moore on the floor just inside the apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shannon told police he met the man at a downtown bar around closing time. He said they went to Moore’s apartment with the intention of smoking marijuana and partying with other people. However, no one else showed up and Moore had no marijuana.
Shannon said Moore allowed her to sleep and later woke up to Moore assaulting her.
He said he went to the bathroom and went back to bed, where he pretended to be asleep. At one point, Moore attempted to lower Shannon’s underwear.
Shannon said he “wrapped his legs around [the] the victim’s neck and squeezed hard, strangling the victim,” the charges read. Shannon also punched Moore while strangling him.
An online fundraising campaign has been launched by Moore’s family to help with funeral expenses and other costs associated with his death. Ellis said a funeral is scheduled for Monday in East St. Louis, where Moore grew up.
“Even after surviving 3 strokes, Patrick continued to persevere and strive to make a difference for himself and others one day at a time!” explains the GoFundMe page created by the family. “Despite being paralyzed on one side following a stroke, Mr. Patrick continued to teach thousands of students from his chair.”