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Grieving mum confronts neighbours who refused help as Hurricane Sandy took boys

Stephen Maguire

Published 07/11/2012 | 05:00

Nurse Glenda Moore, wife of Co Donegal man Damien Moore, lost a grip on her boys Connor (4) and Brandon (2) as the storm engulfed Staten Island, New York.
The bodies of Brandon and Connor were found a mile from where they washed away.

THE mother of the two Irish-American boys who perished in Superstorm Sandy has confronted a homeowner who refused to come to her aid.

Nurse Glenda Moore, wife of Co Donegal man Damien Moore, lost a grip on her boys Connor (4) and Brandon (2) as the storm engulfed Staten Island, New York.

She tried in vain to get help as her two sons were swept away by floodwaters, but some residents refused to help her.

Now it has emerged that grief-stricken Mrs Moore returned to the scene where she lost her boys and had to be restrained by police as she confronted one of those neighbours.

"I asked you to help me, you bastard," Mrs Moore screamed at the man she claimed ignored her pleas, a neighbour said.

George Calve (63), another neighbour who was not aware of her plight, sympathised with Mrs Moore's reaction.

Police confirmed that Mrs Moore banged on the doors of several neighbours on Father Capodanno Boulevard seeking help.

The brothers are also survived by their grandparents, Paddy and Fay Moore, from Portnoo in Co Donegal.

The boys were lost at the height of the storm on Monday night and, following an extensive search, their bodies were recovered three days later.

As the search for the boys continued, Mrs Moore returned to the area and began shouting at the man who she said turned his back on her plight.

Robbed

When officers approached the man, he told them that he thought he was being robbed, according to Mr Calve.

"The guy said that somebody threw a flower pot through the window," he said.

According to those living along the road near where the bodies were found, the man also told them the next morning after the storm that he heard a burglar knocking on his door.

Eugene Brener (19) said: "He said somebody knocked at the door and he thought they were robbing him. . . He said: 'I'm not going to open the door, I'm not crazy.'"

Last night neighbours were rallying around the man who refused to let Mrs Moore in.

"He's a nice person. He volunteers on the block. I don't see him as a person who wouldn't help," a neighbour said.

The bodies of Brandon and Connor were found a mile from where they washed away.

Irish Independent

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