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Police arrest, charge 21-year-old in June murder

Kevin Moody Jr.
BALTIMORE POLICE
Posted at 9:09 AM, Aug 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-20 18:48:44-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police announced they've arrested a Baltimore man in the June murder of 21-year-old Kevin Moody.

Anthony Purisima, also 21-years-old, faces charges of first degree murder, along with several handgun charges, according to charging documents from the State's Attorney's Office.

Moody was shot and killed on June 15th in the Southwest Police District.

Police say they were able to connect Purisima to the shooting through video evidence, cell phone location data, as well as "preliminarily matching the firearm to the 9mm used to kill Kevin Moody," according to the documents.

Moody's mother, Tyra Gilliard told WMAR that "Kevin was deeply loved by many – near and far. His loving spirit will continue to live within all of us as we push forward."

Kevin’s life has just begun. He had dreams of furthering the recent opening of his art business, MoodyArtz.

Although Kevin was a home body, he loved life. He loved being able to explore the city while riding his bike. Unfortunately, he lost his life while doing just that.

Kevin was deeply loved by many – near and far. His loving spirit will continue to live within all of us as we push forward. I pray that just(ice) will be served for Kevin and the many other families that have to suffer to senseless violence.
Kevin Moody's mother, Tyra Gilliard

The Department of Justice stated in a 2016 report that there needs to be more scientific studies done to better understand the reliability of forensic matching of a bullet to a gun.

Purisima has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Septmeber 15th.