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Zoe Moore

In memory of Dana Harvey Everytown Survivor Network

My name is Zoe Moore. Dana Harvey was my daughter. When Dana was born, I knew she was special. At eight years of age, she taught herself to speak Arabic. She was always inquisitive. In 1997, I left Dana with her stepfather to finish school. In 2002 she began to visit me; I started noticing something different when she was a teenager. Then, when she was 18, she moved back to San Diego. Her stepfather was no longer able to cope with her, and in 2005, she moved back with me.

Dana began manifesting mental illness. Her illness (schizophrenia, delusional) was full-blown by 2005. I began seeking help for her, but I was limited in what I could do, due to privacy laws. Sometimes her mental illness got so bad that she would run out the door, I would phone the police, and she would be taken to the hospital. As her illness became more intense, and she became suicidal, I tried to warn the authorities. Unfortunately Dana was able to obtain a gun permit, despite her mental illness. She bought a .38 pistol and shot herself in the head on January 10, 2010, at the age of 27.

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