Post and Courier
October 31, 2014

Roddy White's brother shot dead on James Island

Posted: 05/17/2014 09:34 a.m.
Updated: 05/18/2014 09:18 a.m.


By David MacDougall

The brother of Atlanta Falcons standout wide receiver Roddy White was shot to death outside a James Island nightclub early Saturday.

Tyrone Moore Jr., 21, of Charleston died of a gunshot wound, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said.

Moore, White's half-brother, had lived with the Falcons player in Atlanta for several years and was attending high school there in 2008, according to published reports.

Moore and White were raised by their mother, Joenethia White, in a house not far from James Island Charter High School where Roddy was an athletic standout.

At 2:51 a.m. Saturday, deputies were dispatched to 222 Mosquito Beach Road for a report of a shooting, Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said.

Arriving deputies were told that some type of altercation occurred in front of the Lake House Club on Mosquito Beach. Witnesses told deputies that several gunshots were fired and Moore was shot. He was rushed to Medical University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Watson said.

Detectives were following up on several leads but had not developed any suspects later Saturday, Watson said.

Roddy White, 32, was a four-sport letterman at James Island High where he also was a two-time state champion wrestler. He was a first-round NFL draft pick in 2005 coming out of Alabama-Birmingham where he led the nation in receiving his senior year.

White holds an annual youth football camp on James Island as part of his "Keep the Faith" Foundation. Known as one of the most community-minded players in the NFL, White launched the organization in 2005 to give back to the communities that supported him throughout his youth.

Attempts to contact the White family on Saturday were unsuccessful. However, family and close friends gathered at Joenethia White's James Island home on Saturday.

Post and Courier sports columnist Mike Mooneyham, who coached White as a youth, has fond memories of White's younger brother.

"I still remember Ty as a toddler when he used to come out to Roddy's games," said Mooneyham. "His mom was always running after him, and I told her then that Ty was going to be faster than Roddy one day. His passing breaks my heart. My prayers go out to Joenethia, Roddy and the entire family."

By Saturday afternoon, many fans of White had posted condolences on social media. The owner of the Falcons, Arthur Blank, released a statement expressing sympathy.

"We were all saddened to learn about the death of Roddy's brother Tyrone. Roddy is part of our Falcons family, and families stand together in difficult circumstances," said the release. "On behalf of the entire Falcons organization, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Roddy, his mother Joenethia, and their entire family."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700 or to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.