WSOP Circuit ring winner Mohammed “Moe” Moeini has been murdered in a shooting spree in the US state of Mississippi.
The 51-year-old was one of four people gunned down last Wednesday in Biloxi by Jeremy Alesunder Reynolds who later committed suicide during a stand-off with police.
WLOX News in Biloxi reported that the incident began after an argument over money at Broadway Inn Express motel, a business owned by Moe Moeini.
Moe Moeini Killed in Mississippi Shooting Spree
The situation escalated quickly into carnage with Moeini and two of his employees, Laura Lehman, 61, and Chad Green, 55, also getting gunned down on the motel premises.
But the killing didn’t end there. Upon fleeing the murder scene, Reynolds carjacked 52-year-old William Waltman, also shooting and killing him.
The killer then fled to the Canal Grocery store in Biloxi where police soon cornered him and tear-gassed the building, but upon entering the store they found Reynolds dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said at a press conference:
“For the community, we’ve had a tragic loss. For the city of Gulfport, we’ve lost one of our co-workers. Mr. Waltman was a contract employee with our Public Works department and provided a lot of leadership to our teams, and so there is a great devastation within that department and with all our city employees. Words don’t suffice for what we’re dealing with,”
Moe Moeini the Poker Player
Moe Moeini was by all accounts a well-liked and respected member of the poker community. With a live tournament record stretching back to 2010 he had amassed $528,313 in earnings.
The pinnacle of his career has to be his victory in the 2014 WSOP Circuit Biloxi Main Event for a cool $106,101, beating 301 opponents.
“Just terrible sadness”
Poker player Scott Weinberg told WWLTV New Orleans:
“Just terrible sadness. Moe was just such a good guy. He was always one of the nicest people in the poker room, It’s a small community in the poker room so we all kind of know each other and we’re all friends and it’s tough on everybody.”
One poster in a poker Facebook group relayed a story of how Moeini allowed them and their children to stay rent free at the Broadway Inn Express motel when they didn’t have a place to go.
“R.I.P Moe he allowed my kids and I to stay at his hotel when we didn’t have a place to go. He is an amazing man very kind and understanding. This is so sad and tragic prayers to his family and loved ones,”
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