Moore’s final words, reactions to his execution

Posted By: Bayley Bischof 

Carey Dean Moore had a chance to enter a final statement before he was executed Tuesday morning.

In it, he referred to a letter he wrote last week.

“Just the statement I had delivered to you already,” Moore said. “About my brother Donny and the innocent men on Nebraska death row.”

In the letter he told the American Civil Liberties Union, a group that is against the death penalty, not to fight for him, but to fight to get his younger brother Donald off of parole.

He apologized to Donald, who was with him during one of the murders.

He also said there were four innocent men on death row, and he doesn’t want them to die.

He didn’t say who they were.

But those weren’t the only words he uttered moments before the State of Nebraska ended his life, said his niece, Taylor Moore, who watched the execution.

"All I remember is that he was laying in the bed and whispering I love you, I love you, repeatedly and then he closed his eyes and that was it,” Taylor said.

She said her uncle wanted this to happen.

"So I was relieved when it happened because I knew he had finally found peace,” Taylor Moore said.

Both Taylor and her sister Allison Tiangco have known the reality of why Moore was in prison since they were young.

"It’s been hard to wrap my head around the whole situation,” Tiangco said. “My heart goes out to the victims and I can’t imagine what they went through, but it’s been hard on us family members as well."

Taylor said she doesn’t know if Moore ever apologized to the family of the two men he killed in 1979, Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland.

He didn’t mention either of them in his final letter.

Steve Helgeland, Maynard’s son, said he was still angry his father’s life was taken.

"There are so many holes and gaps and things that can’t be filled because he’s not here,” Helgeland said.

Helgeland was in Lincoln during the execution, but did not watch.

He said after Moore was dead, he was glad it was over and he hoped everyone could now rest in peace.

Channel 8 reached out to the family of Reuel Van Ness and did not get a comment.

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