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2 people shot dead inside home in northeast Normal in apparent murder-suicide

Police car parked on the street in a subdivision
Lauren Warnecke
Normal Police responded to the 3000 block of Red Jasper Street early Wednesday for a report of a person shot.

Police in Normal said two people were shot and killed Wednesday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.

According to a news release from the Normal Police Department and McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder, officers were called to a domestic incident in the 3000 block of Red Jasper Street in northeast Normal around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said Matthew Moore, 46, of Bloomington, illegally entered the home and confronted the victim, Amy Moore, 48, of Normal, and shot her multiple times. Authorities said they believe the suspect then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Normal Police Chief Steve Petrilli confirmed Matthew Moore was pronounced dead the scene. Amy Moore was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her children have been placed with relatives, according to police.

Authorities did not release any additional information, but indicated earlier Wednesday the incident appeared to be isolated and that there was no immediate safety concern for the public. They said the homicide investigation is ongoing.

Petrilli called the incident a "terrible tragedy."

"I believe that there had been previous incidents at the home," he said. "Nothing rising to this level, obviously."

The Moores were engaged in lengthy divorce proceedings beginning in 2022, including multiple orders of protection. Their divorce was finalized on May 22.

Amy Moore taught at Unit 5's Grove Elementary in Normal. In a statement, Grove principal Sarah Edwards said Moore was a beloved second-grade teacher and gifted educator who impacted the lives of thousands of students.

The district said counseling will be available for students, staff and families in need of support.

In March, Matt Moore pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property, a class 4 felony. He was sentenced to pay restitution and ordered to serve 30 months probation, attend drug addiction treatment and complete 30 hours of community service, according to online court records.

Petrilli said Normal Police did not have a documented pattern of domestic abuse.

"There was obviously some previous reports of a domestic nature," he said, "but nothing I have seen at this point that I'm aware of that showed physical abuse."

If you have any information about this incident, contact Normal Police at (309) 454-9593 or email cso@npd.org. You can also provide anonymous tips by using the Normal PD App, or texting your anonymous tip to 847411, typing in NORMALPD and adding your tip.

Updated: May 29, 2024 at 6:30 PM CDT
This story has been updated with comments from Normal Police Chief Steve Petrilli.
Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.
Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.
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