52 Ancestors – Week 34 – Tragedy

When I think of tragedies in my family tree, a couple come to mind but the first one I always think of is my Great-Uncle Berlendo Moro.

Berlendo Moro was born in 1909 in New York to Domenico Moro and Teresa Tracchia Moro. He was the 3rd son of the couple and the 3rd child. Sadly Berlindo, never married and died December 2nd, 1928, in Astoria, NY at the age of 19/20.

He was murdered while helping a Police Officer Richard Duffy.

This was a huge case that involved a manhunt and trial. Sadly his killer only received 8-15 years.

Berlendo Moro is buried in Saint Michael’s Cemetery in Jackson Heights, Queens not far from where the family lived. One of my projects is to aquire all the new articles from the time and try to get to the Courthouse to read the case transcripts because I feel like it would be interesting due to the personal ties.

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I will be honest all the names on this tombstone had tragically short lives.

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