By October 3, 2019
For the first time on her talk show, Tamron Hall spoke candidly about her sister’s tragic murder during an interview with her nephew, Leroy Moore III.
In 2004, the talk show host’s sister, Renate, was found beaten and bludgeoned to death, floating face down in the backyard pool of her Houston home. After 15 years, the case still remains unsolved. The crime happened after years of Renate’s relationships with abusive men.
“I carried much guilt for many years believing I had abandoned my sister and that I was more worried about career than family,” Hall said on Wednesday’s episode, which was dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
While speaking to her nephew, Hall teared up when she referred to her sister as the “life of the party” and her “effortless energy of love.” She also asked him what he felt like was taken from him after his mom’s death.
“Everything. She was my mom. Most of all it was just somebody to communicate with especially as a young man,” Moore said. “Your mom kind of leads you the way on how to treat women, how to handle things, how to be a good presence. I kind of lost that with my mom. Me and my mom were really close.”
Moore also revealed it took him 10 years to come to terms with his mom’s death.
“I had to own my mom’s death is what I had to do. I had to realize that there were things I didn’t do and there were times I didn’t say something when I should of,” he said. “So I own that, and once I owned that, I realized the best way to give back is to make sure that nobody else went through what I went through.”
Hall also recalled how proud she was of Moore when he stepped up to the plate after she called him about working with Safe Horizon, an organization that provides services for victims of abuse and violent crime.
During the heartfelt moment, Hall also admitted she felt like she was “about to pass out” talking about their shared loss.
“This is the hardest thing to discuss publicly, because we did not talk about,” she said. “We never discussed it. Because I didn’t know what to say.”
Watch the rest of the emotional interview between Hall and her nephew in the video below.